In-Game Casinos — Legal?
I wrote this blog a little while ago, so the topic may be a little played out. But
just got around to publishing it—so blame him!
advertisements or scam players. In a more recent post, found
, Blizzard decided to ban advertisements altogether due to two reasons: one, because the advertisements were going out of hand; and two, because players expressed their disapproval over this.
So why exactly did Blizzard decide, after three years, to suddenly overturn their decision to ban casinos? The reason they were closed in the first place was because of their extremely high potential to cause spam and scam. Saying that "casinos are okay, as long as you don't do that" is not exactly going to stop players from doing that. The only thing they'll be concerned about casinos are no longer banned—nothing more.
Casinos and gambling, while very entertaining, are associated with too many problems (I believe) to be allowed inside of World of Warcraft. Wherever you go, you will always find disreputable players who find joy in conning innocent players who were only looking to entertain themselves—and possibly make a profit.
Not only that, casino advertisements can easily get out of hand. I don't think it's unreasonable to have perhaps one person advertising at a reasonable rate (1 ad per minute, no less), but if you combine 100-200 people advertising in Trade, how are you supposed to
in the aptly named channel? All it does is flood the channel with casino advertisements, which I don't think anyone enjoys.
In my not-so-humble opinion, I think Blizzard should not allow
player-run casinos under any circumstances. It's not that casinos are wrong. It's just there are too many bad players out there who enjoy ruining others' experiences.
What are your thoughts on Blizzard's stance on casinos? Should they have overturned the ban on casinos? Do you feel they affect your in-game experience?
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