Court Cracks Down on Game Cheat Tools

Court Cracks Down on Game Cheat Tools
A developer of software that allowed game players to cheat must pay $8.6 million for copyright infringement.

(CCM) — A California court has leveled the playing field for World of Warcraft and Overwatch players by ordering a company that sold cheat tools for the two popular video games to pay $8.6 million to Blizzard, the games' developer. The tools sold by Bossland, a German company, enabled users to see other players' positions, health scores, and other information from a distance within games, according to a BBC report. Bossland was found to have infringed Blizzard copyrights 42,818 times by reverse engineering the games' code and altering it without Blizzard's permission.

Multiplayer games are carefully designed to ensure that they are fair for all players. Cheats, such as the ones sold by Bossland, can disturb the equilibrium so that players who buy cheat tools are more likely to win and those who do not are more likely to lose. "The Bossland hacks destroy the integrity of the Blizzard games, thereby alienating and frustrating legitimate players and diverting revenue from Blizzard to defendants," the US games developer said in the report. Blizzard fears that if players do not believe that they have a fair chance of succeeding when they play the games without paying for cheat tools, they will be put off playing the games at all.

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