Blizzard Seeks $8.5M USD from Overwatch Hack-maker

Blizzard Seeks $8.5M USD from Overwatch Hack-maker

Blizzard is seeking $8.5 million USD in damages from Overwatch hack-maker, Bossland. This news follows on from a lawsuit in July 2016, which saw the long-time developer sue the German hack-maker for copyright infringement.

That lawsuit accused Bossland of “creating, distributing, maintaining, and updating malicious software products” that players could use in multiplayer shooter Overwatch. They also claimed that the cheats were “continuing to cause massive and irreparable harm to Blizzard,” potentially causing others to stop playing.

In a report from TorrentFreak (via Gamasutra), Bossland failed to have the case dismissed over a lack of jurisdiction, and then went radio silent. Blizzard is now seeking a default judgement.

It’s estimated that Bossland has sold 42,818 hacks for Blizzard-related products. Seeking $200 USD in damage per infringement, that puts the total at just over $8.5 million USD.

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Comments Comments (11)

 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 10:10 AM
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Surely they would need to prove they've lost sales or revenue as a result of this.... Pretty sure that Overwatch is still massively popular so proving it's costing them could be hard.

I think a big $ lawsuit would be something that Battleborn would like as I'd assume that their developers lost quite a lot of money on that title (which I saw for $9 brand new recently).
 
 
 
Posted by Nick2016NZ
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 10:14 AM
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Another day, another lawsuit. Yawn.
 
 
 
Posted by ThatUndeadLegacy
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 11:45 AM
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Sue them into Oblivion!
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 2:51 PM
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They wont get that. But clearly just trying to make a case out of it to deter others
 
 
 
Posted by Kyimo
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 3:05 PM
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16 March 2017, 02:51 PM Reply to SpawnSeekSlay
They wont get that. But clearly just trying to make a case out of it to deter others
indeed, would be awesome if they ended up winning, it would but the scare into idiots that think this is a good idea.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 4:29 PM
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God I hate cheaters
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Thursday 16 Mar 2017 6:39 PM
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Hmm, making money off someone elses work. If he was giving it out free I'd feel differently about it. Sure there's more to the story.
 
 
 
Posted by gooseman77
On Friday 17 Mar 2017 12:00 PM
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lol. stop buying hacks and just be better at games...
 
 
 
Posted by stupidlikeafox
On Sunday 19 Mar 2017 5:10 PM
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Brilliant. Hacks and useless players kill MP shooters. Between boosters and mods Blops II became unplayable and put me off buying 3.
 
 
 
Posted by Wertbag
On Monday 20 Mar 2017 7:55 AM
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Added bonus if there are no hacks then good gameplay will be recognised rather than just having people yelling cheat at you.
 
 
 
Posted by AsianFella
On Tuesday 21 Mar 2017 6:32 PM
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20 March 2017, 07:55 AM Reply to Wertbag
Added bonus if there are no hacks then good gameplay will be recognised rather than just having people yelling cheat at you.
There will always be someone screaming that you're using hacks regardless if any are available or not. Some people just can't accept that they aren't as good as others.