Blizzard wins $8.5m in damages from cheat maker in US courts

Blizzard wins $8.5m in damages from cheat maker in US courts

A US court has awarded Blizzard $8.5m in damages against a prolific cheat maker they have been battling with in courts around the globe.

Blizzard was seeking 8.5m from cheat maker Bossland for the sale and distribution of Blizzard cheat tools/hacks Honorbuddy, Demonbuddy, Stormbuddy, Hearthbuddy, and Watchover Tyrant in the US. The court ruled in favour of Blizzard as Bossland defaulted and failed to represent themselves in court.

The $8.5m sum was calculated based on each infringement which was valued at $200 which is the minimum statutory damages. The court documents also reveal that attorneys pocketed $174,872 from this case alone.

Blizzard has been battling Bossland for some time, and back in January, they were ordered to cease selling Honorbuddy in Germany.

Blizzard has also been taking action against Bossland in the UK and from today all UK visitors to their site are now greeted with the following message.

“On 16th March 2017, Bossland GmbH, and its directors Mr Zwetan Letschew and Mr Patrick Kirk admitted, in and for the purposes of proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales, that the sale of its software which it sells as Honorbuddy, Gatherbuddy, Demonbuddy, Hearthbuddy, Stormbuddy and Watchover Tyrant, to any person resident in the United Kingdom, constitutes an infringement of Blizzard’s intellectual property rights and an inducement to players of Blizzard’s games to breach their agreements with Blizzard. Accordingly, Bossland and its directors are no longer permitted to advertise or offer for sale such software to UK residents.”

It’s an expensive business chasing down hack creators and Bossland has been a real problem for Blizzard for the past couple of years. With Blizzard game’s requiring online access, it’s important they keep on the case and the legal fees are worth it when you consider what’s at stake. With esports now an important part of Blizzard’s agenda, they need to keep the cheats out of players’ hands.

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    12 thoughts on “Blizzard wins $8.5m in damages from cheat maker in US courts

    1. Strange that they didn’t defend themselves in court. You’d think they could have made a decent case for themselves. The service they offer isn’t exactly something that Blizzard itself offers, so it’s not like they could say people were buying their knock off programs instead of the official ones offered by Blizzard. And yes it’s a violation of Blizzard’s TOS but the court doesn’t care what violates someone’s TOS if doing so doesn’t somehow damage someone financially. And since you either have to have already bought a Blizzard game or be subscribed to one in order to even use the stuff they were selling all Blizzard really has is anecdotal evidence that hacks hurt their player community and maybe reduce their sales. A hard argument to make when virtually every title you offer is on the top 10 lists in terms of sales and the only proof you can bring to show of lost sales is white knights qq’ing on the official forums about too many cheaters.

      • The reverse engineering required to create the cheats is a violation of copyright and can’t be defended.

        • It depends. If they use proprietary code in their hacks that appears only in Blizzard games for the exclusive use of Blizzard games you’re probably right. But I imagine these map hack type things would work on pretty much ANY game, not just Blizzard’s games. It would only violate their copyrights if copied line for line and used in the same context. And that’s mechanically impossible as the hack would then duplicate the game instead of alter it’s play style. Pretty much all windows programs for instance would be ‘violating’ Microsoft’s copyrights in order to be compatible with Windows if reverse engineering were a violation of copyright. I can’t be sure, but I think it’s safe to assume most of the programming language used in these programs wasn’t copied line for line from Blizzard games.

          • Yeaaaah, no.

            The windows argument is non-existent. There is a big difference between an API and having to decompile someones code.

            And some sort of magical map hack that works for more than one game is non-existent. They work by knowing what ram addresses hold the map information and accessing those ram values and displaying them externally. Either that or they find a spot in the games assembly code that is empty (called a cave) and inject external code into it to force the game to run instructions that it normally wouldn’t (like revealing the whole map, displaying items, pointing at something you shouldn’t know is there, etc)

            • This is probably the smartest reply on the internet in months. I congratulate you and thank you for this reply. You sir, win the internet.

        • In US, maybe. In Germany and entire EU, reverse-engineering is legal and one on daily basis.

      • There IS no defense. They know what they are doing is illegal just about everywhere.

      • Botting is an actual criminal offence in Germany. No reason for them to show. They had ZERO chance of winning against Blizzard.

    2. How can US court order anything against fully legal EU/German company is beyond me, what a fucked up world we live in.

      Reverse-engineering is fully legal in EU, everybody does it, private companies to clone features, AV companies (they have to RE legal soft too to see if it”S not a spyware). Hell, even international ReactOS team reverse-engineered entire windows to write their own copy of it, fully legal too. The case is bullshit.

      • US Courts are becoming more incompetent by the day. Anyone trying to argue against that fact has to be prepared to defend the family courts. They’re starting to make rulings where people have to pay child support to children where it’s been proven that genetically the child isn’t even theirs. As bad as it’s gotten though, this case was a default judgement. They didn’t even try to defend themselves. I suspect the outcome would have been much different if they had. It’s probably much easier for them to just declare bankruptcy and start again under a new name. Whatever they do it’s doubtful Blizzard will ever actually see any of the money.

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