Star Wars: Galaxies Fans Suing SOE
The word is that the players are upset by the company’s response to player petitions that seek to keep the game open. Apparently, SOE has been closing forum threads advertising this petition, which seeks to keep Galaxies open in its current state or in a free-to-play format. One Galaxies player even said that he had been marked as a “ringleader” and told that he could be banned permanently from all SOE services.
The petition itself reportedly has around 3,000 signatures, but it really doesn’t matter. The players have no standing to fight this decision. Not only does the EULA allow SOE to shut the service down when they see fit, it also allows them to ban anyone they judge worthy of such a punishment.
Furthermore, the game’s license from LucasArts expires at the end of 2011, and LucasArts was a party to the decision to shut Galaxies down. That implies that they have no interest in renewing the licensing for Galaxies. In short, these players don’t have a leg to stand on.
It can be tough when a game you love goes away, but lawsuits aren’t the answer. Instead, it’s time to start looking for a new game.