Bot makers have been a longtime bane of video game companies, especially those that rely on their online multiplayer IPs and large player base to sustain their business like Blizzard. Enough is enough for the developers known for creating popular franchises such as Warcraft, Starcraft, and Overwatch, as they have just won a long-running lawsuit against German bot maker Bossland.
According to TorrentFreak, the US court ruled that Blizzard is entitled to receive $8,563,600 from Bossland, who breached more than 40,000 violations. The German company will have to cover Blizzard’s legal fees as well, which costs around $170,000. On top of that, the ruling also prevents the sale of Bossland products in the US, including hacks like Honorbuddy, Demonbuddy, Stormbuddy, Hearthbuddy, and Watchover Tyrant.
The ruling was decided as the court deemed Bossland’s products an infringement upon Blizzard’s product by damaging the user experience for honest players. Besides that, the bots also cost Blizzard a lot of money as they have to tackle the problems posed by the hacks. "Players of the Blizzard Games lodge complaints against cheating players, which has caused users to grow dissatisfied with the Blizzard Games and cease playing," the court ruled. "Accordingly, the in-game cheating also harms Blizzard's goodwill and reputation."
This ruling might not eliminate the problem of having unfair bots damaging player experiences online, but at least it’s a step towards ensuring an honest and rewarding playing environment for honest gamers.