Starcraft II Cheat Makers Prepare to Face The Wrath of Blizzard in a Lawsuit

By Shaon, Gaea News Network
Monday, October 18, 2010

Blizzard is perhaps the top PC based developer in the world at least in terms of raw revenue generation. Come on now when you have franchisees like Starcraft, Diablo and Warcraft under your belt its tough not to stay at the top. That is not even considering the global behemoth that is the World of Warcraft and the daily millions it generate.

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It seems that Blizzard has taken attempts by bootleg programmers to break their latest game Starcraft II Wings of Liberty too personally. Recently they tracked down and down right banned users using hacks and cheats in the game and wielded the almighty banhammer on them. But now the things are getting more heated up with Blizzard’s decision to sue the people who were making and selling the hacks to the game. In a law suit that claims

Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience. In fact, on the very day that Starcraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that ‘our staff is already planning new releases for this game

Three people who call themselves “Permaphrost,” “Cranix,” and “Linuxawesome” are felling the wrath and might of Blizzard worthy of the fire breathing dragons in their Warcraft games. The suit claims “multiple copyright infringement” and demands a heft damages and a sizeable percentage of the money made by them by distributing the cheats. Blizzard is arguing that by installing the Hacks users are loading Starcraft II’s copyrighted contents onto the RAM which clearly violates the EULA and ToU in order to create derivative versions of Starcraft II.

Two of the main accused are from Canada while one is from Peru. All that remains to be seen is that whether the the nationality of the defendants would play any role in the case since the case is going to be tried in a Los Angeles US district court. Cheating in video games dates way back but it was highly rare that people ever sold Hacks. The entire world’s eyes are transfixed on this case as it could prove to be a milestone in the battle of the developers to ensure that their product is not vilified and the best interest of its consumers are protected.

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