Florida police have accused a 23-year-old Clearwater resident with taking $760 from at least two people and not providing the World of Warcraft characters he promised in exchange.
The Associated Press reports that, in 2008, Christopher Bouffard allegedly accepted the payments from at least two people in exchange for World of a Warcraft characters. But, they say, he cut off communications with the potential WoW-character-consumers once he received payment. Broussard was arrested on Monday and faced charges with "scheming to defraud and two counts of grand theft," according to the AP. He is being held on bail.
The sale of World of Warcraft characters, while not unheard of, is against the terms of service Activision Blizzard requires gamers to consent to before playing the massively multiplayer online game. Here is the section of the game's End User License Agreement pertaining to selling one's account:
Blizzard does not recognize the transfer of WoW Accounts or Blizzard Accounts (each an "Account"). You may not purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, or offer to purchase, sell, gift or trade any Account, and any such attempt shall be null and void.
I don't play WoW. Can any gamers who do explain what kind of two-character pair might be worth $760?
Man faces fraud charges over video game characters [Associated Press]