Targets World of Warcraft, Second Life For Patent Suit

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Virtual world patent holder filed suit against NCSoft in December, claiming its games, including City of Heroes and Guild Wars, were violating its patent for multiplayer virtual environments. And it won't stop there.

Advertisement CEO Thom Kidrin says that the company "absolutely" has intentions of going after other big virtual world creators, including Blizzard for World of Warcraft and Linden Labs for Second Life, reports Business Insider. That depends, of course, if is successful with its suit against NCSoft.

Kidrin says that's patent for "System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space" dates back to 1997. It's based on the work done on the Steven Spielberg-backed Starbright World, a virtual world service design to "educate, entertain and inspire seriously ill children."

That patent were inherited by

Don't worry, addicted MMOers. Looks like Kidrin and company are looking for a little cash in the form of licensing fees from Blizzard, et al. Your virtual world of choice won't likely be shuttered. But we'll see. CEO: We're 'Absolutely' Going To Sue Second Life And World Of Warcraft (ATVI) [BusinessInsider via IncGamers]


Meridian 59. Launched in '95, released commercially in '96. 3D graphical 'MMO' fitting all descriptions within said patents. Prior Art, case closed.

Please, go after Blizzard - I would so love to see the outcome of that one.