With $2,000 Per Violation, Destiny 2 Cheat Creators Must Pay $13.5 Million To Bungie

This sum is no small amount and shows the dark reality of what can happen with cheating in games.

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Destiny 2 Cheats settlement

The owners of the Destiny 2 cheat domains Elite Boss Tech, LaviCheats, and Veterancheats, will have to pay a large settlement totaling around $13.5 million in damages–$2,000 per violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s anti-circumvention provisions multiplied by around 6,765 unique downloads from these programs–in order to end the copyright infringement lawsuit.

This all began in late August of last year when Bungie accused the defendants of breaching copyright law in addition to racketeering, fraud, money laundering, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act according to a report on TorrentFreak.

Bungie has been cracking down on cheating in Destiny 2 and has been creating countermeasures to combat these programs. Bungie stated in earlier court filings that in addition to compromising the gameplay experience, the availability of these cheats means its “anti-cheating vigil can never cease,” while instituting countermeasures is “exorbitantly expensive.”

The case was initially headed to trial, but a consensus has been reached with the defendants, Robert James Duthie Nelson, Elite Boss Tech, and 11020781 Canada. This agreement has the defendants accepting liability for the creation and distribution of said cheats, that the infringement was indeed willful, and that their software was designed to circumvent technological measures employed by Bungie to control access to its software.

Bungie isn't the only one cracking down on cheaters, #TeamRICOCHET is still in charge of Anti-Cheat progress in Call Of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone.

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Aspen Pash
Aspen Pash, News Editor
Aspen is an avid gamer and Twitch streamer currently residing in Japan. She is most attracted to games narrative design and is a huge fan of player choice in games. If Aspen is not playing games, she is most certainly writing about them.

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