After the successful ruling of Riot's $10 million lawsuits against the hacking company LeagueSharp, Blizzard is now planning on suing the cheat creators of its popular titles particularly Overwatch and World of Warcraft.
Blizzard To File $8.5 Million Lawsuit
As reported by Torrentfreak, Blizzard is filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Bossland, a company famed for its creation of various in-game bots and cheats. Some of its popular products are Demonbuddy, and Honorbuddy which works perfectly on Blizzard titles - bypassing the general system security. Bossland's services are not limited to Blizzard titles as the company also has paid services for other platforms including Niantic's Pokemon GO, Path of Exile and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.
Based on the report, the complaint made by Blizzard accused the cheat maker a myriad of copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provision. The studio also emphasized that the bots and cheats had caused millions of dollars of losses in sales - pointing out that the unfair competition had ruined the experience of legitimate players.
How The $8.5 Million Lawsuit Was Justified
According to Blizzard, the studio prefers conservative estimate of the damages - in which, based on Bossland's previous testimony, had sold a whopping 118,939 products across all users in the United States alone. Over the course of four years, since its operation, Blizzard estimates that a total of 42,818 infringements were made which equates to over $8 million of statutory damages.
According to one of the company's game developers, "Blizzard does not seek such damages as a "punitive" measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall."
As for Bossland's actions, the company has remained reticent regarding the matter and thus, failed to defend itself regarding the case. This means that it's likely that Blizzard will get a substantial damage reward but as for the $8.5 million lawsuits, it has yet remained unsettled.