This story starts with a guy named Khemist49, who bought an eBay lot for something labelled a “box of Blizzard stuff“.
When the box showed up and he opened it, he found one item in particular that would have any collector stopping to take a second look. It was a CD that said “StarCraft Gold Master Source Code” on the front. After posting about it online and getting a lot of opinions on what to do with the disc, from releasing the contents into the wild, to returning it to Blizzard, his decision was made easier when Blizzard reached out to him through their lawyers.
Blizzard’s legal team informed him that disc had trade secrets on it, and intellectual property, and that he would be wise to return it, and he did.
Blizzard sent him a free copy of Overwatch, and $250 in credit for the Blizzard store. That’s pretty cool, but he could have gotten a lot more if he had tried to sell the disc on the black market or tried to lawyer up and fight Blizzard. Nice gesture for sure, but it seems like a tiny cost for Blizzard to pay in order to get their hands on something so important.
Well, it didn’t stop there. Blizzard reached out to invite him to BlizzCon, all expenses paid, and they also wanted to take him out and buy him drinks. That’s a little more like it, hey? But Blizzard didn’t stop there, they were obviously thrilled to have found this disc, or at least to have kept it out of the wrong hands. They also sent over a giant box filled with all sorts of Overwatch and Diablo swag and gaming accessories. There’s a keyboard, a mouse, a headset, notebooks, a bottle opener, some plush toys, and more.
In a message to Kotaku, a rep from Blizzard said that they:
“wanted to show an appropriate level of appreciation to the player for doing the right thing, not just from Blizzard, but on behalf of the large and active community of players who still enjoy StarCraft today.”
It quickly went from “Y’know, they probabally could have done a little bit more…” to going above and beyond and making dreams come true for a huge fan of their games.