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Mar 23rd 2012 12:37PM Kar On E is correct - removing any portion of the consideration (Diablo 3, beta, mount) would make the contract null and void, and if you (the signee) has delivered on your consideration (paid for 12 months) you could sue for breach.
The boilerplate has more to do with the ability to still enforce the contract if something changed such as Blizzard being purchased by another company.
Mar 23rd 2012 12:31PM It's a trust thing, I guess. No, what Blizzard is doing isn't illegal. You might be able to claim it's breach of contract, but as I understand Blizzard CS is willing to tear up the contract if you ask them to.
I guess when I signed up on Day 1, I didn't really sit and consider the logistics of the offer thoroughly. I figured Blizzard knew what it was doing. I signed up before the clarification on the Blizzard CS forums (not really the best place to do that, is it?)
I mean, EVERYONE should be able to see how a lot of people were confused. This blog was confused itself:
Am I mad that I'm not in beta yet? A little bit. I'm a day 1 player with a day 1 annual pass. It's not anger over missing out on something great - beta is beta, it's more a feeling of Blizzard not valuing me enough. Finding out opt-ins got in over Annual Pass players was pretty upsetting. Not getting more communication on the issue is even more upsetting. Finding out the staff of certain StarCraft websites were invited too was a bit upsetting.
You know what would make it okay? Mike Morhaime saying "Guys, I'm sorry. We'll get you all in as fast as possible. We goofed." Instead it seems Blizzard CMs are just perturbed that anyone would be upset by this, the higher ups are quiet, and there are plenty of fanboys backing them up. The internet lawyers drive me really insane.
I'm sure I'll get into the beta soon. It won't be my first beta, so my expectations will be that it'll be a beta. But will I trust a Blizzard promise when it comes to the next annual pass style offer? Probably not. I'll just read the contract and ignore any of their marketing and PR materials, and if the contract doesn't feel right to me, I won't commit to paying them for 12 months.
Feb 20th 2012 2:06PM vendor sell bank guards
Dec 16th 2011 5:11PM I'm in!
Dec 16th 2011 11:52AM Hope I'm lucky!
Dec 15th 2011 4:40PM In!
Dec 15th 2011 1:24PM Here's to winning!