Destiny 2 has been in legal dispute with cheat provider AimJunkies for months. Most recently, they tried to pull their heads out of the noose with a counterclaim, claiming that Bungie had hacked themselves. In the end nothing helped. Bungie gets 4 million from AimJunkies and immediately sues the next one.
What are the complaints? By the fall of 2022, Bungie had had enough of cheaters becoming a big problem in Destiny 2. Bungie’s top attorney, Don McGowan, launched an aggressive legal tactic, stating that they wanted to better protect honest players in the future and were making a “strategic push” to do so.
Since then, Bungie hasn’t just been chasing cheaters. Above all, you want to get to the backers and thus the sellers of cheats. To achieve that, the developer doesn’t shy away from tough, month-long battles, like the one with AimJunkies.
- At first, it dragged out the process, claiming that Bungie’s harsh handling of the process was “too harsh a practice” and made it feel unfair.
- AimJunkies then dismissed Bungie’s claims, arguing that cheating isn’t against the law after all.
- Recently, it was even claimed that Bungie had hacked itself and illegally monitored players. Some of the violated copyrights referred to were only established long after Bungie’s cheats were first made available.
In fact, AimJunkies was initially successful and things looked bad for Bungie in the ongoing process. However, despite everything, they had no intention of giving in. The developer, with the permission of the court, quickly amended his lawsuit. With success.
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AimJunkies has to pay 4 million euros in damages
In the arbitration, which took place behind closed doors on February 20, Judge Ronald Cox sided with Bungie, handing AimJunkies a crushing defeat.
- The cheat operator AimJunkies has to pay Bungie a total of 4 million euros. This includes the equivalent of 3.4 million euros in damages and 692,000 euros in fees.
This is how the decision was justified: The justification states that AimJunkies and the third-party developer involved, James May, intentionally circumvented Bungie’s technical protection measures in violation of the DMCA.
May has testified that on many occasions he has reverse engineered tools attached to the Destiny 2 process to reverse engineer it and create a cheat for the game. He also testified that after being caught and banned multiple times by Bungie, he tried various ways to circumvent the bans and protections Bungie had put in place to prevent reverse engineering. Thus, the circumvention was malicious.
Given the egregious and willful conduct of the respondents, including their continued concealment of sales, Bungie is entitled to full statutory damages
explains the responsible judge of the federal court in Washington
In addition to violating the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, the defendants were also held liable for trading, selling, and shipping the cheats.
PvP players rejoice: The community celebrated this success on Reddit and Twitter. The player SwizzAyeee writes for example: “Hopefully at some point every cheat site will be afraid to make cheats for Destiny for fear of being sued.”
A good deal for Bungie: Exactly that, a high risk for providers of Destiny 2 cheats, seems to be the goal of Bungie. How torrent geek published, Bungie’s fight against cheaters now even extends across continents. The aim is to rigorously bring all providers and all those involved to justice. And as you can see, it’s a really good deal for Bungie that’s paying off more and more often.
Bungie is about to grab the next scammer
Now it’s LaviCheats turn: Just 1 day after defeating AimJunkies, Bungie has filed a default judgment in the equivalent of $7 million against the alleged operator of LaviCheats.
The case against LaviCheats and Elite Tech Boss has been going on for some time, but it is also the most eventful so far. It’s no longer just about hacks and software, but also about the fact that the cheater customers themselves are also being tricked and spied on.
Cheat providers are already blaming each other: In a message published on the site, LaviCheats stated that he will no longer sell Destiny 2 hacks as a result of the lawsuit. At the same time, however, LaviCheats also advised Destiny 2 players to buy cheats from CobraCheats instead.
The operator had thus betrayed himself in a certain way. Bungie believes that Kunal “Lavi” Bansal, based in India, has moved his illegal activities related to the cheat software to one or more other websites, including cobracheats.com, upon receipt of the lawsuit notification.
Again, the allegations revolve around Destiny 2’s anti-circumvention provision of the DMCA. For each of the 2,790 downloaded cheat copies, Bungie wants to recover almost €1,900 for each cheat.
Studio Behind Destiny Demands Millions In Fine For Cheat Vendors – Demanding Nearly €1,900 For Each Cheater
The claim with all allegations totaling 6.3 million euros is absolutely justified. Bungie emphasized in court that the company had to spend millions of dollars to fight scammers. Therefore, it is only appropriate to send another strong message.
The federal court in Washington must now examine the application and decide on it. Without a defender, however, nothing stands in the way of another Bungie victory against LaviCheats.
What do you think of this development? Does this mean Bungie is on the right track in the fight against cheaters? What chance of success do you see in Bungie’s efforts? And do you think other providers will think about it sooner?
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