There's only one thing for it
Ban micro-transactions in games that aren't "free to play".
I know I should but it's difficult to find much sympathy when the victim is EA.
A US man is facing felony wire fraud charges for allegedly stealing and reselling in-game currency for EA Sports' FIFA console games. Anthony Clark has been charged by the Northern Texas District Court with a count of Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud for his role in a scheme to automatically generate and then re-sell the …
Has anyone actually suffered a loss or damage as a result of their actions in falsely ontaining these tokens (which is what they really are)? I can't see how EA Sports has had to spend any more money or do any more work as a result of this. Have they suffered a loss of reputation resulting in damage, etc? As long as the tokens worked, the people who bought them were getting what they wanted at a price they were willing to pay.
I'm not saying that what they did was 'right' but surely this should be a civil case, not a criminal case?
I'm not an EA fan, but that argument is bunk. EA have lost out in sales. There is a market for those coins (otherwise the crims wouldn't have made millions) selling them. EA do sell player packs direct, but people bought the coins as they were a little bit cheaper then buying the packs direct.
I'm not going to claim its 1:1 losses (some people wouldn't have wanted to, or been able to afford paying full price), but a significant portion would still have bought the packs at full price if that was the only option.
So yes EA has lost a lot of money this way.
And its pretty much s straight case of fraud or obtaining by deception. Theft of digital things is always a bit of a difficult concept, and I'm never particularly comfortable with it being used, but its pretty clear case of obtaining by deception...
But with bitcoin, stealing the bitcoin deprives the owner of use of the original. It's not just making a copy.
If you download an image off my website, you are making a copy. You are not depriving me of the ability to use the original. If you download an image off mywebsite *and then delete the file from my webserver*, you are depriving me of the ability to use the original. You have "stolen" it, effectively. (Ignoring backups.)
This is the difference. They convinced a server to emit copies of a digital currency that is effectively unlimited. If the owner of the algorithm wants more currency, they can push a button and generate as much as they want. Nobody is deprived of the ability to use that digital currency.
At worst, it's digital counterfeiting. It is emphatically _not_ theft.
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