Two Call Of Duty Cheat Makers Ordered To Pay $3 Million To Activision
Two cheat makers from the group EngineOwning were ordered by a judge to pay $3 million in damages to Call of Duty publisher Activision.
Unauthorized cheat tools are nothing new in PC gaming, but there's an increasing crackdown on those who make and distribute them. Call of Duty cheats seller EngineOwning is the latest to be hit with a big judgment, with two developers from the group recently ordered to pay $3 million for creating cheating software.
A judge has ruled that two individuals who created Call of Duty cheats for EngineOwning is liable for $3 million in damages to Activision.— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL)
The judgment, which was first covered by , notes that the cheats were used for multiple Call of Duty games, including Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, Vanguard, all of the Black Ops games, Warzone, and Warzone 2. It also states that EngineOwning created similar software for Overwatch, another Activision-published game.
As online multiplayer games have continued to grow in recent years, major publishers have become bolder in their pursuit of cheat sellers, especially Activision, Destiny 2 developer Bungie, and Valorant developer Riot Games. Many of these suits cite the DMCA as a key piece of their case against the cheat makers. Bungie is currently embroiled in several legal cases against cheat-sellers, recently notching a $4.3 million judgment against well-known cheat purveyor AimJunkies in arbitration. Bungie is also suing a Destiny YouTuber who is accused of impersonating the company in order to send DMCA strikes to fellow content creators. PUBG Mobile cheat makers faced a $10 million judgment early last year after a victory for Tencent.
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