Blizzard Sues Bossland for $8.5 Million
Activision-Blizzard is sueing the German makers of WoW cheat software Bossland for trafficking in circumvention devices, Inducement to infringe copyright, contributory copyright infringement, vicarious copyright infringement, Intentional interference with contractual relations and unfair competition.
The resume of the lawsuit is:
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"Defendant Bossland GmbH (“Bossland”) and those working in concert with it have built a profitable business by creating, distributing, maintaining, and updating malicious software products that are specifically designed to enable their users to cheat at the Blizzard Games, at the expense of Blizzard and its legitimate customers. These software products include four “bot” programs – “HonorBuddy,” “DemonBuddy,” “StormBuddy,” and “Hearthbuddy” (the “Buddy Bots”) – that enable users to automate their gameplay and manipulate the Blizzard Games to their competitive advantage. Additionally, Bossland recently developed and released to the public “Watchover Tyrant,” a product that enables users to cheat in Blizzard’s brand new game “Overwatch” (the “Overwatch Cheat”).
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 the Blizzard Games, thereby alienating and frustrating legitimate players and diverting revenue from Blizzard to Defendants. 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. Meanwhile, Defendants have been massively and unjustly enriched at Blizzard’s expense, having received hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars in profits from the sale of the Bossland Hacks in the United States."
Bossland sells their bots for 12.95 euros per month or between 24.98 and 199 euros for a year.The bots are going by the names of Honorbuddy (for WoW), DemonBuddy (for Diablo 3), StormBuddy (for Heroes of the Storm), Hearthbuddy (for Hearthstone). They are able to play the game without interaction of the player (leveling, fighting, dungeons, battleground) and collect ressources.
Bossland also sells Overwatch Cheat that makes players able to see through walls, see hidden ennemy players and where they are, how much health they have and so on.
You can read the full case here, but ultimately it’s Blizzard coming down on something the community has been asking them to do for quite some time.It will be interesting to see, if Blizzard can stop Bossland. (Sylnera)