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Court Orders Notorious Cheat Maker To Pay Blizzard $8.5 Million

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Last month, Blizzard demanded $8.5 million from cheat maker Bossland as part of an ongoing legal battle. Now, in absence of any defense from the Honor Buddy (WoW) and Watchover Tyrant (Overwatch) creator, the court has sided with Blizzard.

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The court has granted Blizzard statutory copyright damages totaling out to $8,563,600. Bossland also owes Blizzard $174,872 in attorneys’ fees. Further, Bossland is prohibited from selling programs that exploit Blizzard’s games in the United States.

“Blizzard has established a showing of resulting damage or harm because Blizzard expends a substantial amount of money combating the use of the Bossland Hacks to ensure fair game play,” the court said (via TorrentFreak).

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“Additionally, players of the Blizzard Games lodge complaints against cheating players, which has caused users to grow dissatisfied with the Blizzard Games and cease playing. Accordingly, the in-game cheating also harms Blizzard’s goodwill and reputation.”

Before the judgement was issued, Bossland CEO Zwetan Letschew told TorrentFreak that his company would continue in spite of any default judgement that might occur. Exactly how they plan to do that remains unclear, especially given the disappearing act they pulled while these proceedings were unfolding. For now, Blizzard has won a battle, but not the war. This judgement only applies to the United States, so Bossland isn’t out of options yet.

Kotaku senior reporter. Beats: Twitch, streaming, PC gaming. Writing a book about streamers tentatively titled "STREAMERS" to be published by Atria/Simon & Schuster in the future.

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DISCUSSION

afancydragon
afancydragon

This is weird ot me, the company sells a product and the user decides how to use it.
Or is this company specifically making this for Blizzard products?

I’m not defending them, but more or less curious as to how this played out.
Does this mean for instance - a major sports team could sue a pharmaceutical company that makes a performance enhancer?
I know it is a little apple to oranges, but I’m hoping the analogy makes a little bit of sense.
Thanks for anyone who can clear this up, I’m genuinely curious.