Activision tried to place an finish to dishonest in its Call of Duty video games with final yr’s launch of Ricochet, its new kernel anti-cheat system, and now, it is taking authorized motion towards one of many largest cheat distributors on the market.
First reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Activison filed a lawsuit towards EngineOwning, a Germany-based web site “engaged in the development, sale, distribution, marketing, and exploitation of a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks for popular online multiplayer games, most prominently the [Call of Duty] games.”
The go well with was formally filed yesterday, January 4, within the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. It particularly targets “trafficking in circumvention devices” – presumably the circumvention of Ricochet – in addition to “intentional interference with contractual relations and unfair competition.”
Cheats distributed by EngineOwning embody auto-fire, auto-aim, location reveal cheats, and extra, and might price gamers anyplace from roughly $5 for a number of days of use to just about $15 for 3 months of service. Activision says these cheats and the others distributed by the web site have brought on it to “suffer massive and irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation, and to lose substantial revenue.” As a consequence, the corporate seeks “exemplary and punitive damages,” as famous by GamesIndustry.biz.
We’ll replace this story as extra is revealed by court docket proceedings.