For a very long time, game developers have been fighting an ongoing war with cheaters, catching and banning them, only for them to create new accounts and come back for another round. More recently, developers have been taking the fight to the cheat makers, rather than the cheat users. Bungie’s been doing this a bit and one of their cases – against AimJunkies, for selling Destiny 2 cheats – won them a $4.3 million ruling.
Now, another developer, Activision, has been awarded $3 million in a lawsuit against two Call of Duty cheat creators associated with cheat seller EngineOwning. More specifically, one defendant was ordered to pay $1 million, while the other was ordered to pay $2 million.
In addition, the rulings ordered those associated with the activity to cease developing and distributing the cheats. That’s in simple terms. Of course, the document goes into greater detail, noting developing, programming, distributing, and more. It also notes more games than Call of Duty, such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and Diablo. Although, it goes to great pains to list off EngineOwning cheat software developed for individual Call of Duty games.
Of course, $3 is pocket change for Activision, but in most of these things, the point is to hurt and deter the cheat makers, not to compensate the game developer.
A judge has ruled that two individuals who created Call of Duty cheats for EngineOwning is liable for $3 million in damages to Activision.
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Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.
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