Game Maker Sued Bot Maker For Copyright BreachAdded: Thursday, November 12th, 2015
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One of the largest game makers in the world, Blizzard Entertainment, is suing the makers of popular cheating bots for a number of its games, including World of Warcraft, Diablo 3 and Heroes of the Storm. Blizzard is suing the alleged operators of popular bots for copyright violation and accuses them of ruining the gaming experience for paying players.
A small subgroup of players was happy to deceive their opponents to get an edge in Blizzard’s games, and they often opted for hacks and cheats to dominate the competition with minimal effort. To prevent this type of abuse, the game maker has filed a lawsuit against James Enright (also known online as “Apoc”) and other defendants who are accused of developing those gaming bots. The bots allow users to cheat in World of Warcraft, Diablo and Heroes of Storm, among other games. Blizzard filed a complaint at a California federal court, noting that the bots infringe on its copyrights, ruin the gaming experience for other players, and thus cause financial damage to the company. The company argues that the bots cause paying players to lose interest in gaming, costing the company lost revenue. At the same time, the bot makers are generating significant profits – up to millions of dollars through the bot sales, as the software is sold for $27 for the most basic version.
Aside from breach of contract, the bot makers are accused of copyright breach, and the plaintiffs ask the court to issue an order against them to prevent from distributing their software. Blizzard also demands damages for the alleged copyright violation, with claimed losses being supported by research that has shown that the bots can create a massive amount of in-game gold, raising the prices of items for fair users. As a result, legitimate users may lose their motivation and stop playing.
In the meantime, bot makers continued their sales, claiming that “botting is not against any law.” The most interesting thing is that German company Bossland GmbH claimed that it owns and operates the software mentioned by Blizzard. The company says that all trademarks mentioned by Blizzard belong to Bossland GmbH, created 6 years ago, and James Enright is not even an employee of that company. Bossland claimed that people accused by Blizzard are at best random freelancers.
Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article.
Thursday, November 12th, 2015
|posted by (2015-11-12 12:50:48)|
|Wahaha F sad that people need those shit to play games online, play better or quit gaming|
|Games have been dumbed down so much. Auto aim on some. Hell losers have to use mods to play Mech Warrior Online The only buff I need is THC.|
|But what's important... are those bots on ET? I don't know what they are.|
|posted by (2015-11-13 00:39:07)|
|If you take gaming that seriously and it is an integral part of you life....you don't have one!||
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