Contract With The DevilNovember 13, 2008
Unless it’s annoying us with its Flash popup-like presence, Warhammer’s EUALA is a non-issue with many of us. Not, of course, to Mark Jacobs, who loves it like his firstborn legal contract, but for pretty much every gamer who’s ever dealt with a game that required you to click “Accept” to an End User License Agreement, we don’t have the time or gumption to actually read these things or care about them. It doesn’t make it easy that the chunks of the thing are IN ALL CAPS SO THAT IT SEEMS LIKE IT’S SCREAMING AT YOU, nor is it accessible to anyone who speaks normal English and not legalese.
Correction. Trolls care about them, especially when passages are pulled to prove a point somehow and verbally beat down the other forumites.
It’s been tickling my mind lately — what are we agreeing to every time we log in? In the spirit of adventure and too much time on my hands tonight, I dug in. The in-game EUALA says there’s a version on Warhammer’s Support site, but if there is, I haven’t been able to find it yet.
Among other things, when you agree to WAR’s EUALA, you agree to:
- “Thoroughly review” the EUALA each and every time you log in.
- Be responsible for your child, if you’ve signed the account over to them.
- Not establish an account if you are an “artificial person” (1B)
- Not have over five separate accounts of WAR (1C)
- Not hold Mythic responsible for emotional distress if you can’t remember your password (1D)
- Be limited to only one account transfer between you and another person, with limitations (1E)
- Hand over all rights of ownership of your character, anything you upload to the game, and anything you do or say in the game (2A)
- Treat the time in game as entertainment only — that you’re not accumulating any monetary value with your time spent (2A)
- Give Mythic the rights of ownership of your guild (2B)
- Let Mythic publicly post any information about your character (2C)
- Let the patcher access your hardware system profile data (2F)
- Let the game monitor your RAM while the game is running to see if you’re running any bad third-party programs (2E)
- Pay a non-refundable monthly fee and be subject to Mythic shutting down your game and account at any point that they think you’ve breached the EUALA.
- Only install the game on one computer with one backup (3)
- No privacy in-game — even /tells are subject to monitoring (7)
- Play with potentially “rude” people (7)
- Hold Mythic to $100 maximum liability if you take another player to court (7)
- Let Mythic fork over your personal identification (name, address, e-mail, credit card info) to “private entities, law enforcement or government officials” based on Mythic’s sole discretion if they think a crime was committed (9)
- If you want to challenge Mythic legally, you have to go to Fairfax County, VA and use the American Arbitration Association.
Really, it’s nothing too extreme or unreasonable for a EULA. Just… interesting.