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Blizzard Seek $8.5 Million Loss From Cheat/Hack Company For Ruining Overwatch and WoW

Blizzard Seek $8.5 Million Loss From Cheat/Hack Company For Ruining Overwatch and WoW

Posted time: Mar 16,2017

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Blizzard, the developer of games such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch, is seeking up to $ 8.5 million in copyright damages from a cheat/hack company named Bossland, which is responsible for making video games, claiming that they allow many users to gain an unfair advantage over regular gamers.

Bossland has created a number of cheats and hacks that have caused the anger of Blizzard. At the time of release of Overwatch, the German company quickly launched an "ESP Advantage" that allowed players to see all the enemies on the map, along with having their whereabouts pin-pointed on the game’s radar. The company is also responsible for creating World of Warcraft bots, such as Honorbuddy, which will make the game's users effectively play the game to quickly upgrade their characters, get resources and more.

According to Blizzard, the prevalence of these cheats has cost the company game sales, accusing Bossland of copyright infringement, unfair competition, and violating the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision. Bossland admitted that they had sold out 118,939 products to US users since July 2013, with Blizzard estimating that 36% of these cheats were for their games. With around 42,818 infringements, $200 for each, Blizzard has added up a total of over $8 million in damages. 

"In this case, Blizzard only requires a minimum statutory damages of $ 200 per infringement, amounting to $ 8,563,600.00 in total. While Blizzard is certainly entitled to a greater amount, Blizzard seeks only the minimum legal damages. Seeking such damages as a "punitive" measure to Bossland or to get unfair contingent money, "the game developer said.

Blizzard has filed a motion for default judgement against the company Bossland. According to Blizzard, Bossland has caused them a lot of loss in sales, as they ruin games for legit players. But Bossland hasn't responded to Blizzard's lawsuit, and the 24-hour ultimatum from the court has also been ignored by Bossland. 

Due to Bossland's silence, it seems Blizzard could win the case, but the results remain to be seen.

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