World of Warcraft, Overwatch developer seeks $8.5 million in case against cheat/hack company
Looks like devs are done dealing with cheaters.
It seems like game developers have had enough of botters and cheaters. At the beginning of March, the League of Legends creator won $10 million in a lawsuit against a hacking/botting service and now World of Warcraft's Blizzard Entertainment is seeking $8.5 million in copyright damages from Bossland, a company that creates and profits off of cheats for a number of games.
Bossland claims they sold 118,939 cheating products in the United States since July 2013 and Blizzard is predicting that 36% of these cheats were for their games. With around 42,818 infringements, Blizzard has added up a total of $8 million in damages.
“In this case, Blizzard is only seeking the minimum statutory damages of $200 per infringement, for a total of $8,563,600.00. 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,” the game developer said (pdf).
Essentially, Blizzard is claiming that Bossland has caused them a loss in sales, as they ruin games for legit players. Bossland hasn't responded to Blizzard's lawsuit, nor did they respond to a 24-hour ultimatum from the court.
It looks like Blizzard could win the case, thanks to Bossland's silence, but the outcome remains to be seen.