Blizzard Wins $8.5m Damages From Cheat Manufacturer Bossland - Cheat Sales Banned in US

Written by Neil Soutter on Tue, Apr 4, 2017 11:24 AM
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They say cheaters never prosper, and neither, does it seem, do cheat makers. Blizzard has just won an $8.5 million copyright infringement lawsuit, with the court ordering German company Bossland to pay out the lofty sum in damages. Following the court ruling, Bossland Hacks has also been banned from marketing or selling its cheat software and products anywhere in the United States.

Bossland creates and sells both cheats and bots to be used with a number of Blizzard titles, including Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft and Diablo 3. As with any cheat, these handed the user an unfair advantage over the competition, ruining game balance.

Cheats are nothing new of course, and we’ve all fallen victim to them at one point or another, wallbanged from 18 miles away. I imagine a few of you reading this have even used them. A cheat manufacturer actively getting punished is different however. Normally it’s the cheaters themselves who are punished, rather than the creators.

According to the court, this long-running lawsuit between Blizzard and Bossland came about due to “players of Blizzard Games lodging complaints against cheating players, which has caused users to grow dissatisfied with the Blizzard Games and cease playing. Accordingly, the in-game cheating also harms Blizzard’s goodwill and reputation.

“Blizzard has established a showing of resulting damage or harm because Blizzard expends a substantial amount of money combating the use of the Bossland Hacks to ensure fair game play.”

The end result of cheats, Blizzard attests, is that players leave their games out of frustration with cheaters. This, coupled with having to constantly update anti-cheat software, hits Blizzard’s bottom line. That’s why we’re seeing a massive $8.5 million payout here, although it’s unclear just what impact this is going to have on Bossland’s future business.

Would you like to see more cheat manufacturers held accountable for their creations? Or is it down to Blizzard to provide more stringent cheat-detection software? Let us know your thoughts!

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01:36 Apr-05-2017

Cheating in a single player game is okay, cheating in a COMPETITIVE multiplayer game makes you a sack of ****.

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15:06 Apr-06-2017

Cheats in a game like Overwatch might actually make it remotely entertaining though, and modded GTA online is funny.

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20:27 Apr-04-2017

I find myself guilty of using bot software in the past, as a "newsletter" subscriber to bossland I got informed of them raising their prices/reducing duration of keys
E.g. "lifetime" bot key is not month/3month duration for the same amount of money or higher prices for same duration, guess they took a hit
Also a side note, so far I'm aware that they only make bots and for more games other than blizzard ones, but not "cheats"

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17:25 Apr-04-2017

As someone who enjoys using cheats to mess with other cheaters, a la Dark Souls 1, this seems reasonable enough. I can't help shake the feeling that this is going to start a chain reaction of hackers who build cheat clients for fun (they exist) just giving them away behind a site register and a paywall of 10-20 dollars to avoid getting sued by game companies.

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21:05 Apr-04-2017

u can't sue someone that doesn't exist mindblown right?

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17:05 Apr-04-2017

I've never understood why people want to cheat in multi-player games. Its not like you can go to the competitive scene and cheat. And all you're doing is showing that you have ZERO skill. I'd rather suck at a game and get better gradually, then know I'm only a high rank bc of cheats.

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22:39 Apr-04-2017

For alot of people it's a trap they fall into.... someone gets destroyed in an online game by someone they suspect is cheating, and instead of simply blocking or ignoring the cheater, the urge to compete kicks in, and they feel that they need to best this cheater at any cost, so what do they do? They cheat, rocketing down the slippery slope and creating more cheaters like themselves along the way.

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15:28 Apr-04-2017

Thank goodness. Screw those guys! You want a good score? GIT GUD!

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15:26 Apr-04-2017

Serves them right!

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13:42 Apr-04-2017

i don't get it why should a german company pay damages to a US company while it's not even selling $hit in US (at least legally)?

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14:28 Apr-04-2017

That's simple really.... though the cheat company is not located in the US, the damage done still extends to the US.... and other countries as well.... don't be surprised if you see Blizzard suing this company in other countries where they can prove their sales were affected as well.... their win in US courts has basically set a legal precedent world wide and could set off a chain reaction.

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20:58 Apr-04-2017

yeah but i still don't see why should this company have to pay this price as far as i know it's not even a real company! it's a cheat maker company I mean it's not like there was even a representative of bossland at the court!!!

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21:39 Apr-04-2017

If there's money being made, there's someone that can be held accountable.... If they choose not to pay, US courts can likely ask for the assistance of the German government to see that they do... seems to me that this lawsuit was more about setting precedent than actually getting them to pay though...... in other words, It's a bad time to be a cheat maker!

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22:12 Apr-04-2017

yeah but it's a court in USA finding people NOT A COMPANY! in another country guilty!
i don't know about u but i don't think this is how it supposed to be u can't just say someone is guilty without even letting them defend themselves!

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22:23 Apr-04-2017

Do you know for certain that the defendants were not present to defend themselves? You're creating scenarios based on information that you don't even have, you don't know the particulars of this case, you don't know who showed, who failed to show or anything... US courts and lawyers are required to notify any defendants of impending legal action and allow them the opportunity to defend themselves.

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21:02 Apr-04-2017

what i'm saying is it's just a lame ass court with absolutely no power( as far as i know) over the company forcing them to pay $ yeah but just how? so what they gonna do ban them from selling cheats! not like it was legal before that!?

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23:15 Apr-04-2017

What you're saying makes no sense at all, a court.. ANY court only has as much power as those who are willing to enforce it allow it to have, that's the way it's always been. Germany and the US have generally had good relations, if the US asked Germany to round someone up for failure to pay..... I doubt they'd refuse without good reason.

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21:34 Apr-04-2017

All they have to do is follow the money trail... the fact of the matter is, these people are illegally profiting off Blizzards and other game devs hard work, and creating a situation where it has negatively impacted the sales of the work they're leaching off of, because no one wants to play with cheaters, therefor just won't buy the game.

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22:13 Apr-04-2017

So you can't charge a drug dealer for selling drugs, since what he's selling isn't even legal (and he's probably not from the U.S. either)?


Or there's something amiss with your logic, or mine.

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15:16 Apr-05-2017

what i'm saying is u can only charge a drug dealer when u actually have that drug dealer in jail u can't charge a company which doesn't exist! u know bossland is not a company right? it's just a website with bunch of people operating it!

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21:35 Apr-05-2017

So, a shop operating solely on internet (so no physical shop), can in fact not be charged?


What with websites providing cracked games/movies/music (such as piratebay, etc) - they cannot get a lawsuit? Because, after all, they're only people operating a website?

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13:19 Apr-04-2017

good

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12:11 Apr-04-2017

so you telling me that people actually pay money to use cheats in GAMING!! faith in humanity lost again...

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12:15 Apr-04-2017

Originally 99.9999% of the cheats were paid, nothing new, the stupid thing is that now there are many free cheats... even though free cheats get detected due to lack of user understanding of updates that change the offsets, addresses and patterns, it's more than enough for it to work one game and that game is the one you are in...

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12:35 Apr-04-2017

i just think its real dumb for any rational person to see any worth for cheating in GAMES. but yes its a thing people do buy cheats and even monthly subscription just to feel better for themselves in a meaningless scoreboard..

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16:51 Apr-05-2017

Absolutely, but it is NOT meaningless, it ruins everybody elses' experience and even completely break a game(until measures are taken), like rainbow six siege for example.

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12:44 Apr-04-2017

Why you so surprised? From my experience and understanding, nothing is free in this world and sometimes I question if anything was ever truly free to begin with.


Everything has some sort of price tag to it and the cost isn't always a monetary value.

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16:52 Apr-05-2017

My mind is free, try and put a price tag on my thoughts.

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