has word that Phoenix Digital Group is preparing subpoenas as
part of a legal battle between cheat vendor AimJunkies and Bungie, who
sued the company last year
for selling cheats for Destiny 2
). Those charges were later
, but the door was left open for further action. Apparently that's
what we are in for, as the cheat vendor seems determined to prove its attempts to
profit off of the game at the expense of fair play are legal. The subpoenas are
said to target Google, PayPal, and Valve, and sound pretty wild. Among
other things, they seek access to the Steam source code to make some sort of
point about overlays, and detailed sales records in an effort
to prove selling cheats actually benefited the game. The report includes
statement from Phoenix Digital Group which, ironically, threatens legal action
against those "who violated [their] Copyrights and Terms of Service." From the
sound of it, this may not have been prepared by a lawyer:
Digital Group will not tolerate individuals or companies who violated the
Aimjunkies terms of service that were agreed to by them before purchase.
Phoenix Digital Group will prosecute individuals or companies who violated our
Copyrights and Terms of Service to the fullest extent of the law and this is the
first step down that path. We believe on information and belief an un-named
employee/contractor for a un-named company purchased Aimjunkies software
and turned it over to their employer to decompile and analyze. We intend to
subpoena documents with actionable information to answer these questions.
Bungie claims that we created derivative works and presents images
found on a competitors site claiming they are our software product. It is our
belief our offering of software product was just doing what Steam and countless
others do with overlays. The Steam overlay and others like, we believe are not
derivative works also. We cannot speak to the site the plaintiff acquired images
from and claim as ours, but it is our belief that the site the images came from
sold multiple cheats with different features/functions.
Bungie also claims that we caused grievous harm to their game when in fact some
of their most popular months of player counts and sales were during the time
Aimjunkies offered their software products. We believe an intent to gather
actionable proof of that and disprove another one of their wild assertions.
Do not believe everything you read in their filings. In fact do not believe 90%
of what they assert in their filings. We believe Bungie and their counsel
apparently believe the more s*** you throw at the wall the greater the
possibility of something sticking with the court, no matter how ridiculous or
absurd it is in the real world.
Understand cheating is not illegal and the game companies want to make it
illegal because they cannot govern their own players. They are looking to the
courts to do what they "Bungie" are impotent to do on their own,
even with the vast resources and technologies at their disposal. They would rather
suffer death by a thousand cuts than admit this is not the way to fix the
We at Phoenix Digital Group have offered to work with Bungie to acquire
multiple solutions to their problem. Foremost we believe would be to implement
our features in a version of their game for distribution, but their pride and
bully mentality prohibits them from thinking outside of the box. If they did
that would there be a market for our software? It is crystal clear to us why
Activision/Blizzard spun them off. Our congratulations to them for their
acquisition by Sony. Hopefully wiser my minds will prevail going forward.
FYI Bungie just a friendly reminder, we do still have a first amendment!
Phoenix Digital Group LLC