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Cheat Maker Owes Blizzard $8.5M

TorrentFreak reports Blizzard Entertainment has won a copyright infringement case against German company Bossland over selling game cheats (thanks BBC News). The judgment awards Blizzard over $8.5 million in damages, though it's not clear if the defendant has the cash to pay that. The cheat maker is also now prohibited from marketing or selling products in the United States. Bossland did not defend itself, but has previously said it would continue the legal battle after the issue of a default judgment, as noted in this excerpt:

As a result, the court grants the statutory copyright damages Blizzard requested for 42,818 violations within the United States, totaling $8,563,600. In addition, the game developer is entitled to $174,872 in attorneys’ fees.

To prevent further damage, Bossland is also prohibited from marketing or sellings its cheats in the United States. This applies to hacks including “Honorbuddy,” “Demonbuddy,”
“Stormbuddy,” “Hearthbuddy,” and “Watchover Tyrant,” as well as any other software designed to exploit Blizzard games.

While its a hefty judgment, the order doesn’t really come as a surprise given that the German cheat maker failed to defend itself.

Bossland CEO Zwetan Letschew previously informed TorrentFreak that his company would continue the legal battle after the issue of a default judgment. Whatever the outcome, the cheats will remain widely available outside of the US for now.

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