Mar 15 2017 - 5:26 pm

Blizzard sues cheat-making company for $8.5 million in damages

“Bossland” has made cheats for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, and more.
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Blizzard Entertainment is taking aim at a company that has made numerous cheats and hacks that have been popular within their own communities, according to a report by TorrentFreak. The German-based company Bossland are behind such cheats as “Watchover Tyrant,” “Honorbuddy” and and “Demonbuddy.” For a price, these programs can run various kinds of hacks, like Watchover Tyrant’s wallhack ability.

In its motion for default judgment, Blizzard is seeking the minimum statutory copyright damages of $200 per infringement. The company argues that Bossland sold, at minimum, 42,818 of its various hacks in the United States.

Blizzard already filed a complaint against the company last year, but Bossland did not reply after being given a 24-hour ultimatum. In the complaint, Blizzard accused the cheat-making group of various forms of copyright infringement and unfair competition. This new motion is in response to Bossland’s original silence.

Considering Bossland failed to even defend itself, it seems unlikely Blizzard will receive any of these damages. But the government may seek various avenues of enforcement if a decision is rendered, including freezing of assets.

The payout isn’t necessarily what Blizzard is seeking in the case, in fact. “Blizzard does not seek such damages as a ‘punitive’ measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall,” the lawsuit reads.

In the end, the company may just be interested in showing cheat-makers that they’re being watched, and that it will take legal action to keep its games clean.

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