Blizzard are suing cheat makers Bossland again, this time in the US for $8.5 million

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Update March 15, 2017: After winning a legal battle in the German courts, Blizzard are looking to sue Bossland, creators of cheats and hack for online games, to the tune of $8.5 million, this time in the US.

The case began mid 2016, but Bossland stopped responding earlier this year, so Blizzard are looking for a default judgement. The Overwatch developers are requesting minimum statutory copyright damages of $200 per infringement. According to the complaint, 42,818 Bossland hacks were sold in the US.

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The complaint itself claims not only copyright infringement, but also loss of sales, with people put off playing Blizzard games because of online cheaters.

“In this case, Blizzard is only seeking the minimum statutory damages of $200 per infringement, for a total of $8,563,600.00," say the developers, via TorrentFreak. "While Blizzard would surely be entitled to seek a larger amount, Blizzard seeks only minimum statutory damages.

“Blizzard does not seek such damages as a “punitive” measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall."

Blizzard say that Bossland's earnings from the cheats are likely higher than what they're asking for, since one of Bossland's hacks can cost around $200 for a year.

Update February 1, 2017: Blizzard have won in their a legal battle with Bossland, creators of cheating programs - bots, wallhacks, and more - for World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

The victory comes from the German Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof), who ruled that Bossland engaged in unfair and disruptive practises with their World of Warcraft bots.

These bots imbalanced the game’s economy and provided unfair advantages to some players, while also flooding and depriving the in-game market of certain items. 

In a parallel case about copyright infringement from Bossland, Blizzard were also ruled in favour of.

"We are committed to protecting our game experience for players, as well as our intellectual property, and are very happy with the court’s decision,” say Blizzard.

“We don’t have any further details to provide at this time, other than to say that we will continue to defend all our games in the interest of maintaining a fair-play environment."

Original Story May 7, 2016: Bossland, the creators of various hacks for Blizzard games have been sued and counter-sued across the last half-decade. They developed the Buddy series of cheats for World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm and more, and now Blizzard have decided to take them to court in California over their Overwatch ‘ESP’ tool - effectively a wallhack that also adds an all-seeing radar.

In the suit, as detailed on TorrentFreak, Blizzard say that Bossland have authorised freelancers to break copyright to develop hacks for Overwatch. In doing so, Blizzard claim their business and customers have been directly harmed, not only because of the existence of the hack but how quickly it was released. Therefore they want damages to be paid.

The hack itself isn’t currently active, as after Blizzard’s first Overwatch banwave it was taken offline in the hopes of developing more counter-measures to remain undetected. Since the start of June, those who have paid for the tool - at about $15 a month - have had no access to it.

It’s not even Bossland’s only current legal battle with this developer, as CEO Zwetan Letschew tells TorrentFreak there are “over 10 ongoing legal battles in Germany already.” He says that a Californian court will have no jurisdiction over his company as they have no official business in the US, despite selling their product to customers there.

Of those ongoing battles, Blizzard recently lost one regarding Heroes of the Storm, with two others reaching a critical point on October 6.

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HersheySquirtle Avatar
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9 Months ago

As much as I hate cheats (and love hearing whenever a bunch of cheaters just got banned), I don't see how it's a legal issue. They don't seem to be breaking copyright any more than manufacturers who produce specialized phone cases to fit iPhones and such—which is to say: not at all.

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Aever Avatar
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9 Months ago

I tend to agree. This seems like Blizzard attempting to brute force the shutdown of this "tool". Maybe they should focus on making their games more secure instead?

On the other hand, a lot of games these days come with anti-cheating tools, which can be best described as rootkits. If I was to chose between having a rootkit forcefully installed on my machine or having slimy lawyers fighting shady developers ... I think I know which option I would chose.

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PaddyMaxson Avatar
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1 Month ago

Let's be fair here. Blizzard are CONSTANTLY making their games more secure, but these tools require memory manipulation and aren't easy to catch unless you aggressively scan the client running them. If Blizzard did that to your PC you'd flip your shit as it's an invasion of privacy.

Honorbuddy users get caught in a banwave every 1-4 Months.

There was one in (I think) August last year, one in November and there was one today - and the last two were after Honorbuddy's supposedly improved bot detection detector.

It seems like if you're using Honorbuddy at any point you're basically risking getting caught in a banwave and it seems almost certain that getting caught is detection of the bot as opposed to being reported as lots of very careful botters get caught in these banwaves too.

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PaddyMaxson Avatar
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1 Month ago

To clarify a wee bit, Bossland don't make WoW cheats or hacks, they make purely a bot.

Automation can be described as cheating I suppose, but the fact is, Honorbuddy doesn't do anything a human being can't except play for 48 hours solid, but it'll get a lot less done in said 48 hours than a lucid human being would.

Now, the terms of service for WoW do state not to do this, and Honorbuddy does modify the game client in a way that Blizzard do not authorise by using memory injection to accomplish it's tasks.

It's also a paid for product, which means that Bossland are profiting from a service that Blizzard provides by charging for a service that requires Blizzard's product to run (and Bossland's products are a service, not just software).

Without getting permission from Blizzard to do this (which Blizzard will never give, if only to appear to be anti-botting) this is unlicensed use of a product for profit and certainly doesn't fall under fair use of the product, ergo Blizzard have a very strong civil case against them.

In terms of cheating in Overwatch, it's very easy to argue that Cheating lowers the enjoyment of non-cheaters and can cause Blizzard financial damage as it could lower sales.

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PhoenixCujo Avatar
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1 Week ago

I use a program called Chimpeon (https://chimpeon.com) to "cheat". Why? Because I have a severe RSI and if I didn't use Chimpeon I wouldn't be able to play for longer than 15 minutes. I used to use HB but the risk of getting banned was too high.

Blizzard need to consider users with injuries and disabilities and be leanient on those who need to use third-party products like Chimpeon to help with their game.

Bye bye Bossland. RIP.

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