I couldn’t make this up.Â According to a Fox News article, 7,500 online shoppers sold their souls to a computer game retailer pursuant to a clause in the Terms of Service the customers accepted.Â The company added the “immortal soul” clause to their Terms of Service earlier this month.Â The clause provides: “”By placing an order via this web site on the first day of the fourth month of the year 2010 Anno Domini, you agree to grant Us a non transferable option to claim, for now and for ever more, your immortal soul. Should We wish to exercise this option, you agree to surrender your immortal soul, and any claim you may have on it, within 5 (five) working days of receiving written notification from gamesation.co.uk or one of its duly authorised minions.”
The Terms of Service also state that “we reserve the right to serve such notice in 6 (six) foot high letters of fire, however we can accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by such an act. If you a) do not believe you have an immortal soul, b) have already given it to another party, or c) do not wish to grant Us such a license, please click the link below to nullify this sub-clause and proceed with your transaction.”
The clause was put in the Terms of Service as an April Fool’s joke, but the company left the Terms unchanged to prove a point: almost nobody reads the Terms of Service. Scary, huh?