League of Legends creator Riot is suing LeagueSharp, the creator of a hacking tool for the wildly popular MOBA. The tool in question allows users to see other players on the map, increase their accuracy, and gain experience points at an impossibly high rate.
LeagueSharp works on a subscription model, charging users $15 USD a month, up to $50 USD. The program injects scripts as League of Legends runs – a feat that Riot claims makes them guilty of copyright infringement, as they had to reverse engineer their code. The lawsuit also accuses LeagueSharp of attacking the game’s servers.
Another more personal part of the lawsuit alleges that LeagueSharp affiliates “disseminated personal and non-public information about a Riot employee, threatened that employee, and posted offensive comments on the employee’s social media.”
Riot attempted to settle out-of-court, but LeagueSharp didn’t respond. Four defendants are named in the lawsuit – three from Germany, and the fourth a Peruvian company believed to be a shell corporation. This isn't the latest news in developers striking back at hackers; Blizzard recently filed a lawsuit against an Overwatch cheat dev too.