Blizzard sues Starcraft II hackers — GameSpot

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Blizzard sues Starcraft II

Developer accuses Canadian, users of creating, selling map and cheats for multiplayer real-time game.

by Brendan Sinclair on 15, 2010

Blizzard ushered in the of October by showing Starcraft II the door, suspending or banning 5,000 players of the real-time game for using hacks to an advantage in the game. Days the company went after of the people responsible for the cheat

Blizzard is wasting little cracking down on Starcraft II

Blizzard last week suit in the Los Angeles US District against three programmers, them of creating and selling for Starcraft II in violation of the end-user agreement, terms of and copyright law.

According to the Just days after the of Starcraft II, Defendants already had marketed, and distributed to the public a of hacks and cheats designed to (and in fact destroy) the II online game experience. In on the very day that Starcraft II was representatives of the hacks Web site members of the public that staff is already planning new for this game.’

Blizzard is accusing the trio of counts of copyright infringement and is damages and disgorgement of any profits by the distribution and sale of the hacks. The also accused the defendants of others to infringe on their saying, When users of the download, install, and use the Hacks, copy StarCraft II copyrighted into their computer’s RAM in of the scope of their limited as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and derivative works of StarCraft II.

The harm to Blizzard from conduct is immediate, massive and the suit claims. By distributing the to the public, Defendants cause harm to the value of StarCraft II. other things, Defendants harm the ability of Blizzard’s customers (i.e. those who and use unmodified games) to enjoy and in the competitive online experience. in turn, causes users to dissatisfied with the game, interest in the game, and communicate dissatisfaction, thereby resulting in sales of the game or ‘add-on’ and expansions thereto.

The three defendants named in the go by the handles Permaphrost, Cranix, and with the former two residing in and the latter in Peru. It’s what jurisdiction the court has the accused, although Starcraft end-user license agreement states that disputes be decided by a court within Los County. Additionally, among the demanded by the developer is a requirement the defendants pull their hosted anywhere within the jurisdiction. There are other hackers named in the suit, Wiggley, Zynastor, and Dark but Blizzard has not included their identities in the suit.

When asked for comment, a representative told GameSpot, Entertainment does not comment on litigation.

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