Blizzard sues cheat-bot developers
Once again Activision Blizzard files a lawsuit against the developers of cheat-bots for the popular Blizzard games. This time the course of anti-cheat battle had an unexpected twist, which made it look a bit like a spy story with a lawsuit against Blizzard on top of it.
This is not the first time that Blizzard suits the developers of programs, which enables cheating. Previously the giant of the game industry won the case against MDY Industries, the creator of WoWGlider. Not only do cheat-bot makers infringe the copyright, earning money on the results of other's intellectual work, but they also interfere and ruin the game process of thousands of players, by creating a product, which makes a game abusive and senseless.
The current crusade has been undertaken against German company, Bossland GmbH. This time Blizzard decided not to limit themselves with the ongoing proceedings, which are constantly subject to delay due to Bossland's tactics in court. They directly addressed one of the enemy's developers, James “Apoc” Enbright, with a secret offer. Having accepted the offer, Apoc gave the source code of Stormbuddy, Heroes of the Storm cheat bot, to Blizzard. There's no information, if Blizzard's representatives approached other developers of Bossland with an offer related to other cheating products Honorbudd and Demonbuddy (for Diablo and Warcraft). Anyway, the disabling Stormbuddy is reasonable, taking into account HotS increasing popularity as eSports title.
The representative of Bossland GmbH made a very controversial statement, promising to file a lawsuit on Blizzard on the next week for the copyright infringement, as the source code of Stormbuddy is intellectual property of Blossom GmbH. Seems like the company representatives don't like their methods of making business applied against them.
Suiting the cheat-bot developers is not the only means to fight against cheating used by Blizzard. “We’ll continue to aggressively defend our games and services, within the bounds of the law, in an effort to provide the best possible experience for our players. We want to use this as an opportunity to remind players who might not be aware—using bots, such as those distributed by Bossland, to automate gameplay in our games will result in a loss of access to those games,” said the company's representative.