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Blizzard files suit against alleged StarCraft II hackers

Saturday, 16th October 2010 18:08 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Earlier this month, Blizzard banned or suspended over 5,000 Battle.net users from the service for cheating or using hacks to play online.

Last week, according to documents filed with the Los Angeles District Court, Blizzard is going after the hackers who created the cheats in court.

According to the papers filed, just “days” after SCII was released, three programmers calling themselves “Permaphrost,” “Cranix,” and “Linuxawesome” had already developed hacks and cheats to modify “and in fact destroy” the games experience by marketing and distributing said hacks, according to Blizzard.

Those accused, two Canadians and one Peruvian, have been charged with I”multiple counts of copyright infringement” by the company, and are seeking not only damages for copyright infringement, but a cut of hackers profits as well.

“When users of the Hacks download, install, and use the Hacks, they copy StarCraft II copyrighted content into their computer’s RAM in excess of the scope of their limited license, as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and create derivative works of StarCraft II,” read the complaint.

The end-user license agreement in the game specifies Los Angeles as the where things will be settled in court should a dispute arise, no matter where the offender resides.

Three others were mentioned in the court documents:”Wiggley,” “Zynastor,” and “Dark Mage”. Blizzard has yet to identify to the court their real identities.

Get more over on Gamespot (via Ripten).

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  1. S0meRand0mN00b

    wow blizzard i know you are lame but this….

    #1 4 years ago
  2. DarkElfa

    Wow, why are gamers still giving these lunatics their money?

    First they want your privacy, then they want to dictate how you play the single player part of the game you payed for and now they want to incarcerate people who build cheats?!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Grimrita

    I wouldnt mind if their games were any good. Both WoW and Starcraft 2 are well polished turds.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Erthazus

    “now they want to incarcerate people who build cheats?!”

    So cheating is good? Cheating is against the law.
    So fuck off cheaters. I want a good experience.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    Good!

    If you can’t ban hackers for life, suing them will have to do.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. LOLshock94

    “Permaphrost,” “Cranix,” and “Linuxawesome” nerdest names everrrrrrrr

    #6 4 years ago
  7. JimFear666

    Lol @ those who cheat on Starcraft. If you cant beat the game, dont play it. You just dont have enough skills cause you sucks!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Go get them Blizzard! Hackers need to GTFO. I wonder how would they feel when they spend a year to 5 years on making a decent game, and half of the people download it for free, or exploit online experiences by hacking..

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Dancon

    I’m sure 60%+ of the money they make will be from players who cheated on Single-Player, which by the way did in NO way affect you Multi-players in any form. By all means, go against players and creators of MULTI-PLAYER hacks, but single-player cheaters and creators shouldn’t be attacked. This just shows you how much Blizzard/Activision really cares about their player base… not at all. It’s about the money for them, and I’d rather spend my money on a more reasonable company like Bethesda, Bioware, and Lionhead. Companies who actually know how to make a great game, and then make their players feel like the #1.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. KrazyKraut

    lol…they should have to this for CoD4/MW2 PC hackers….

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Hybridpsycho

    Yay, awesome blizzard! :D

    Also, people who think they’re douches for previously stated reasons in the commentaries above. You folks are retarded.

    :D

    #11 4 years ago
  12. T_L_T

    This is what happens when games try to be sports…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Phoenixblight

    This not against people who cheat in single player. Starcraft 2 just like the previous version had type in codes this is for people that are cheating in Multiplayer and using hacks to do so.

    http://www.starcraft2cheats.com/

    #13 4 years ago