When Videogame Companies Help Prosecute Their Players

Last year, Blizzard cooperated with the FBI to get two Diablo III players to plead guilty in criminal court over charges relating to a series of in-game thefts in summer after the game’s release. Patrick Nepomuceno and Michael Stinger spent a summer using a Remote Access Tool sent as as link sent through Diablo III’s chat system to take control of other players’ computers and transfer gold and Legendary items to their own accounts. Reporting on the case for Fusion, Kashmir Hill recounts the duo’s plans to sell the stolen items through the game’s now defunct Auction House, a contentious addition to the game that allowed players to sell each other gear and items in exchange for real money.

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