Any player will tell you that Blizzard is taking a tough stance against cheaters in Overwatch. The company has already banned thousands of cheaters, a ban that remains in place permanently. However banning cheaters is only a stop-gap as new ones will probably show up and cheat as well.
This must be why Blizzard is going straight to the source: the company who developed the cheats. Apparently Blizzard is suing Bossland GMBH, a company that developed one of the cheats for Overwatch and who has in the past created bots and other cheats for Blizzard’s other games. Blizzard is taking this very seriously. The game’s integrity is at stake.
Blizzard sees this as copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violating the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision, it also could cost Blizzard millions of dollars in lost sales from gamers who might try to avoid a game that could be filled with cheaters. They certainly have a point.
The lawsuit says:
“Defendants’ sale and distribution of the Bossland Hacks in the United States has caused Blizzard to lose millions or tens of millions of dollars in revenue, and to suffer irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation. Moreover, by releasing ‘Overwatch Cheat’ just days after the release of ‘Overwatch,’ Defendants are attempting to destroy or irreparably harm that game before it even has had a chance to fully flourish.”
The lawsuit is being filed in California, while Bossland GMBH is based in Germany, so who knows what will happen with this. And anyway, Blizzard actually lost once to Bossland GMBH over a Heroes of the Storm bot and that forced Blizzard to pay their legal costs and attorney fees. This will be interesting.
Source UbergizmoFiled Under: Gaming News