Cheat Maker Pays Millions To Courts

Posted: Apr 4 2017, 6:10pm CDT | by , in Gaming


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Cheat Maker Pays Millions to Courts
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One of the most prolific cheat makers, Bossland, was sued last summer for "copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provision." It wasn't until last month that we learned that the Overwatch developer sued for $8.5 million dollars in damages. This would cover the revenue they lost thanks to players using that cheat. Even though Bossland fought back, thinking that was far too much money, it now has to pay $8.6 million in damages.

Torrent Freak reports that Blizzard had a tight arguement against Bossland, saying that it had "reverse-engineered and otherwise altered its games without permission." Bossland didn't defend itself in court, and it was found guilty of an astonishing 42,818 counts of copyright infringement. Bossland will also face another $177,000 in legal costs beyond what they have already been ordered to pay.

The website for Bossland is still active, and they are fighting back in a tongue-in-cheek way. They haven't removed the tagline "botting is not against the law," even though they have now found out the hard way that isn't true. UK browsers see this message when they sign on:

"On 16th March 2017, Bossland GmbH, and its directors Mr Zwetan Letschew and Mr Patrick Kirk admitted, in and for the purposes of proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales, that the sale of its software which it sells as Honorbuddy, Gatherbuddy, Demonbuddy, Hearthbuddy, Stormbuddy and Watchover Tyrant, to any person resident in the United Kingdom, constitutes an infringement of Blizzard’s intellectual property rights and an inducement to players of Blizzard’s games to breach their agreements with Blizzard.

"Accordingly, Bossland and its directors are no longer permitted to advertise or offer for sale such software to UK residents."

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