Sat, Oct 16, 2010 | 20:03 BST
Blizzard files suit against alleged StarCraft II hackers
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.