Report: Blizzard Suing Overwatch Cheat-maker
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Blizzard has launched a lawsuit against a well-known Overwatch cheat-maker.The cheat-maker specialises in creating monthly-subscription cheat services and bots on PC. The company’s Overwatch offerings include a bot that plays the game for you, and a program which alters the in-game environment so the player has an unfair advantage over non-cheaters.According to TorrentFreak, Blizzard argues the sale of such add-ons will not only cost them millions of dollars, but will also cause damage to the Overwatch community as a whole.
“Defendants’ sale and distribution of the [the cheat company] in the United States has caused Blizzard to lose millions or tens of millions of dollars in revenue, and to suffer irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation.
“Moreover, by releasing ‘Overwatch Cheat’ just days after the release of ‘Overwatch,’” reads the lawsuit, “Defendants are attempting to destroy or irreparably harm that game before it even has had a chance to fully flourish.”
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Blizzard goes on to mention that by letting this company continue with its cheat system, more people will feel as though they’re allowed to create unofficial mods that make the game easier.
“They have done so by enabling and encouraging third-party ‘freelancers’ or contractors to fraudulently obtain access to the Blizzard Games and then, having done so, to engage in unauthorized reproduction of the Blizzard Games.
“They also have done so by enabling users of the [the cheat company] (particularly the Overwatch Cheat) to use the software to create derivative works, such as the dynamic screen overlay generated by the Overwatch Cheat.”We’ve reached out to Blizzard for comment and will update should we hear back. In the meantime, if you’re still on the fence about the newly-release shooter, our cheat-free Overwatch review has everything you need to know.
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