Overwatch (1) was a multiplayer first-person shooter video game created by Blizzard. It was released in 2016 and cost around 40€.
Earlier this year, Overwatch 1 was shut down:
- The servers are down.
- The game is not playable from the official Blizzard game launcher.
It has been replaced by Overwatch 2, which is considered its "sequel" by Blizzard and is free to play, but with very high-priced in-game cosmetics.
I do not understand how this is considered a legal action for the following reasons:
- I paid 30/40 bucks for the right to own Overwatch 1 (did I?) and to play it.
- Overwatch 1, for which I paid, is now completely unusable for me, so the service (if not the product) I have paid for is now not available
- It is replaced by a free to play game (what happened to my 40 bucks)
While playing OW1, I earned ingame credits which allowed me to purchase cosmetics (so, basically, I got those cosmetics in exchange for my time, not for my money). Those cosmetics have been "transferred" to OW2 and they now cost an insane amount of money (something like at least 10 dollars each, and there are a lot of them (purchasable and than I unlocked in OW1)). However, as I just said, I did not purchase the cosmetics, I (think I) purchased the product and the service provided to use it.
- Did I pay for the right to own and play Overwatch 1, or just for the right to play it?
- Why is it legal (I assume, as they did it and I did not hear about some legal action taken to them for that) for Blizzard to shutdown completely (more like "take away from customers"?) a product and a service for which customers have paid?
PS: I used the france and united-states tags as I am French and live in France and Blizzard Entertainment is a USA company.