Blizzard Entertainment is taking German based company Bossland to court. Bossland are the makers of Watchover Tyrant, an Overwatch cheat program which revealed the location of all enemies to the user, among other things. This was obviously an unfair advantage and Blizzard clearly weren’t too happy about this.
This isn’t the first time Blizzard has locked horns with Bossland. As mentioned in a report by TorrentFreak, they have clashed in the past over similar cheating and botting programs being used in other Blizzard titles such as Diablo 3, World of Warcraft, and Heroes of the Storm.
Usage of bots and cheat programs such as the kind created by Bossland has caused millions of dollars worth of loss in sales and also ruins the game for honest players. Watchover Tyrant was out within a few days from the release of the game and Blizzard claims that Bossland are intentionally attempting to destroy the game even before it can “fully flourish”. Blizzard adds that their “business depends on its games being enjoyable and fair for players of all skill levels”. These cheat programs cause “massive and irreparable harm” to Blizzard, potentially causing them to lose their player base, which in turn affects future sales as well. Blizzard have accused Bossland of various forms of copyright infringement, unfair competition, and a violation of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provision.
Blizzard dislikes cheat program users about as much as the creators themselves. Any players who are detected using any kind of cheat program are immediately banned. There’s no warning, your first offence is your last, so be warned!
Blizzard and Bossland have been going at it since 2011 and Blizzard has banned several players caught using their bots since. Bossland’s CEO Zwetan Letschew says that he isn’t afraid of any decisions that might be made. The suit is being filed in California and lacks the jurisdiction to touch his company, which is in Germany.
If paperwork is your thing, you can view the full complaint here.
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