Activision Lawsuits with EngineOwning
The company is seeking to shut down software that allows people to cheat in any Activision game. Activision Publishing is a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. EngineOwning advertises cheats for Call of Duty games and other online shooters.
Activision stated that they are suing a company for distributing and selling for profit malware products that allow players to gain unfair competitive advantages (i.e., cheat) in the COD games. As a result, Activision’s games, its overall business, and the experience of the community of COD players are affected.”
Cheating Software allows players to manipulate the COD games to their personal advantage, including automatically aiming weapons, revealing opponents’ locations, and allowing them to view information they otherwise would not have access to, giving them a distinct advantage making it highly unlikely for any other player to win. The company says it believes the defendants have been fully aware that their conduct violates Activision’s rights but nevertheless have brazenly continued their activities.
Activision is suing 50 defendants as “Does,” and while it notes the believed identities of some individuals associated with EngineOwning, it acknowledges that “the true name and capacity of the defendants as individuals or corporations, associates or otherwise, is unknown to Activision.”
In recent months, Activision has been working hard to stop cheaters in the Call of Duty games, focusing a lot of attention on the hugely popular – and free to play – Call of Duty: Warzone. Activision launched Ricochet its updated anti-cheat system for Warzone in December, and the company announced soon afterward that it had banned 48,000 cheaters thanks to the system. Activision states that it has been able to identify and ban hundreds of thousands of accounts using cheating software in just a year. Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end as Activision takes a stand against cheaters and hopefully other companies will follow in the foot steps of this.
The full legal action is linked here