Blizzard, the creators of titles such as Overwatch, World of Warcraft and Diablo have just sued a German company which sold “cheat tools” for it’s online titles.
Bossland is a German company who sell “hacks” to improve Overwatch ranking scores, Warcraft botting services and generally cause mayhem when it comes to balancing the games. Some of the hacks even included the ability to see other players’ positions, health scores and other information, within games. They’ve been ordered to pay $8.6m to Blizzard for a whopping 42818 counts of copyright infringement. If that sounds like a lot, the company also have to cover around $177,000 of legal costs too…. Ouch.
This comes off the back of UK and German courts concluding that the business practises of Bosslands were, in fact, a copyright infringement. UK residents can no longer access the site and are now presented with the following message:
On 16th March 2017, Bossland GmbH, and its directors Mr Zwetan Letschew and Mr Patrick Kirk admitted, in and for the purposes of proceedings before the High Court of England and Wales, that the sale of its software which it sells as Honorbuddy, Gatherbuddy, Demonbuddy, Hearthbuddy, Stormbuddy and Watchover Tyrant, to any person resident in the United Kingdom, constitutes an infringement of Blizzard’s intellectual property rights and an inducement to players of Blizzard’s games to breach their agreements with Blizzard. Accordingly, Bossland and its directors are no longer permitted to advertise or offer for sale such software to UK residents.
However, it is still accessible in other parts of the world and the website is still fully operational, they insist that:
botting is not against any law
Unfortunately, while not against any law, with online games such as Overwatch in particular it is so important that players are evenly balanced that using bots and addons to help you improve your play will never be an option.
In a nutshell: Don’t buy cheats. L2P, n00bs.