Bungie Is Suing A Destiny 2 Cheater Who Has Allegedly Threatened To “Burn Down” Their Office
All threats should be taken seriously, and Bungie is doing just that.
Bungie is putting their foot down once more, this time filing a lawsuit against a Destiny 2 cheater who has broken the game’s terms of service through cheating, but also has made threats against the studio’s offices and employees. Luca Leone apparently streamed himself using cheats in Destiny 2 and created multiple accounts to evade bans for violation of the game’s Limited Software License Agreement which Bungie describes as “serial fraud.”
The issue only got worse when Leone then allegedly made threats against the studio on social media. The studio quotes one of his tweets where he posted an image of an employee badge that belonged to a community manager named Dylan Gafner, also known as dmg. Leone then followed that tweet by adding “I just realized I’ll be moving to a place that’s 30 minutes away from dmg” and then added, “he is not safe.”
The threats only continued as Leone threatened to “burn down” the company’s office building. The lawsuit then quotes another tweet that has a user openly asking if anyone is “able to commit arson at [a] later specified location in [an] area of Seattle.” “I’m in Washington, DM me.” Leone replies. “If it’s Bungie HQ you get a discount.”
Some tweets have since been deleted and Leone has also made his account private. Bungie is taking the matter very seriously and has asked the court to ensure that Leone “be preliminarily and permanently enjoined from harassing, stalking, or otherwise engaging in unwanted solicited contact with Bungie, its employees, or Destiny 2 players.”
Some might think a lawsuit is too much, but in these instances a threat should always be taken seriously, especially thinking back to the Kyoto Animation studio arson attack that happened back in 2019 in Japan after a disgruntled fan thought his artwork was stolen.
In addition to the open threats, Bungie also states that “Leone infringed Bungie’s copyright in Destiny 2 as an audiovisual work each time that he used cheat software to create an unauthorized derivative work of Destiny 2.” Because of this, Bungie is asking for $150,000 for each copyrighted work infringed, or an amount to later be proved at trial. The studio then goes on to ask for an additional $2,500 for each time Leone used cheat software in the game.
People should realize by now that Bungie isn't pulling their punches, this especially proved to be true after Bungie sued a Destiny YouTuber for more than $7 million for allegedly impersonating the company.
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