Overwatch developer Blizzard has filed a law suit at a California court against the creator of a cheat program which allows the players to see the location of the enemy players among other advantages. The cheat program software was created by a German based company named Bossland.
TorrentFreak reported that Bossland was accused of copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision by Blizzard.
The complaint report of Blizzard says the following:
“The Buddy Bots and the Overwatch Cheat (collectively, the “Bossland Hacks”) have caused, and are continuing to cause, massive and irreparable harm to Blizzard.”
“Blizzard’s business depends upon its games being enjoyable and fair for players of all skill levels, and Blizzard expends an enormous amount of time and money to ensure that this is the case.”
“The Bossland Hacks destroy the integrity of Blizzard Games, thereby alienating and frustrating legitimate players and diverting revenue from Blizzard to Defendants.”
On the other hand, Blizzard has also punished the users who have used the cheat software by permanently banning them. This is a bit harsh from Blizzard and I personally think that the first time offenders should definitely be given a second chance.
Blizzard has a long history with the company they are suing since it also made cheat programs for World of Warcraft and other Blizzard developed games. It recently lost a lawsuit against the German company which forced them to bear all the expenses for filing a case against them.
The company in question is also adamant about the latest lawsuit claiming even if Blizzard wins the lawsuit, it won’t matter since they are based in Germany and hence can’t be prosecuted for a case won in California.
You can read the Blizzard’s full complaint report (pdf) here.