Blizzard to Sue Bot Makers
Written by Thomas Mould on 13 November 2015« Return to Reading Room
Blizzard has started a lawsuit in California against the creators of ‘Bot Services’
A bot service is a computerised service to aid players of games such as World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Heroes of the Storm to cheat the system. The bot services in question are: HonorBuddy, StormBuddy and DemonBuddy. These bots allow players to gain experience points even when they are away from their PC.
Blizzard has accused bot developers of copyright infringement and also the fact that their conduct ruins the game for other players.
The lawsuit states: “The Bots created by Enright and his team have caused, and are continuing to cause, massive harm to Blizzard. Blizzard’s business depends upon its games being enjoyable and balanced for players of all skill levels”.
“The Bots that Enright has programmed and helps distribute destroy the integrity of the Blizzard Games, alienating and frustrating legitimate players, and diverting revenue from Blizzard to Defendants. As a result of Enright’s conduct, Blizzard has lost millions or tens of millions of dollars in revenue and in consumer goodwill.
Meanwhile, Enright and his team have been massively and unjustly enriched at Blizzard’s expense”.
The lawsuit names James ‘Apoc’ Enright as the owner of these botting programs, however Bossland GmbH claims differently, with its CEO stating that Honor, Storm and Demon Buddy belong to Bossland GmbH and that Enright is merely a freelancer at best: “Apoc is neither the owner nor the creator of Honorbuddy, Demonbuddy and Stormbuddy. The trademarks belong to Bossland GmbH, the software belongs to Bossland GmbH, a German company created by two shareholders in 2009. Apoc is not a shareholder or a decision giver at Bossland GmbH, Apoc is not even an employee of Bossland GmbH.”
We will have to see what the outcome is and whether Blizzard are able to prove the 'serious harm' that they are alleging.
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