Bungie, an independent video game studio based in Bellevue, Washington, filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle on Thursday against three companies that produced and marketed cheating programs for Bungie’s massively multiplayer first-person shooter games Destiny 2.
Bungie filed a lawsuit against Elite Boss Tech Inc. based in Montreal, accusing it of copyright infringement, civil conspiracy, breach of contract, intentional interference with contractual relationships, and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Extortion Effects and Corrupt Organization Act, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
If found to be responsible, Elite Boss Tech will be forced to close and destroy all cheating programs related to this. Destiny 2And will be prohibited by law from continuing to play Destiny 2 Or provide cheats for any future games produced by Bungie. In addition, Bungie’s litigation costs, punitive damages and an unspecified amount of financial compensation will also be determined by the court.
We have contacted Bungie for comments, and if we receive a response, we will update this story.
The other two Bungie lawsuits are against Kunal Bansal, which owns and operates LaviCheats.com, and most of the unidentified employees of VeteranCheats.com. Bungie sought similar compensation from the two companies, but the lawsuits were classified as complaints demanded by the jury.
These companies openly produce and sell cheating programs for various popular online PC games, including Apex Legends, Death by Daylight, Rust, and Battle armorUnscrupulous or trolling players can pay for hackers, providing them with various major advantages in the game, such as computer-assisted aiming, always being able to see every opponent nearby, or being able to pass through walls.
In particular, the large number of accusations against Elite Boss Tech may stem from sheer popularity. Unlike the other two sites, which are the front pages of message boards, and most employees remain anonymous, Elite Boss Tech’s cheating site is structured like another software company that provides services. It comes with customer testimonials and employee avatars.
Bungie before Forcing cheating provider GatorCheats to close, After filing a joint lawsuit with California in January, League of Legends Creator Riot Games and filed a claim against another cheating provider PerfectAim, which made it cancel all Destiny 2 Hackers of October.
Yesterday, Bungie filed three more lawsuits against Destiny 2 cheaters Lavicheats, Veterancheats and Wallhax and EliteBossTech. | #Destiny2
— Destiny News+ (@DestinyNewsCom) August 19, 2021
The use of these hackers violates the built-in terms of service of most games, so players who are found to use these hackers may suspend or ban their accounts. However, at the same time, they may have ruined at least one game for others, and due to the sheer size of some PC game player communities, it may take a long time for staff to deal with individual offenders. This is a common problem in the field of online games.
and Destiny 2 In particular, this has been a problem since the game landed on Steam in 2019. Many rewards and bragging rights were locked behind the organized player-versus-player game mode, cheating quickly became a problem, PC Gamer Report up 50% In the cheating incident in the first six months of 2020.
Bungie’s reaction is Create a role for the data engineer In July at his company, specializing in anti-cheating methods.Bungee jumping Announced on Thursday The content of the next season Destiny 2, Whenever it appears, it will be supported by the BattlEye anti-cheat system.
Although anti-cheat systems are not foolproof-cheating provider websites usually provide advice on how to bypass them, such as deliberately letting yourself be killed occasionally so that your advantage of being hacked will not become too obvious-Bungie is passing the law system.