As reported by Torrentfreak, Blizzard Entertainment's finally gotten sick of Bossland's slow compliance -- they've filed motion with the German court for a default judgment against the publisher of common cheats and hacks to the tune of US$8.5 million.
Bossland is the creator of Honorbuddy, Demonbuddy, and a whole range of other bots and cheats -- most famously for Blizzard titles, though Pokemon GO, Path of Exile, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn are included among their listed services. The $8.5 million is calculated off an estimated minimum of at least 42,818 TOS-violating services sold, with a minimum statutory copyright damage of $200 per infringement.
The precedent seems set against Bossland, as courts internationally have taken an increasingly dim view of hack and exploit distributors. South Korea has criminal legislation against them, while Riot Games had secured a $10 million judgment against LeagueSharp operators just a couple weeks ago.
Granted, getting even a dime out of gray-market operators like these will probably prove a difficult and time-consuming chore. Said Torrentfreak:
After Bossland had failed to have the case dismissed over a lack of jurisdiction, things went quiet earlier this year. Bossland stopped responding, and when the Court gave the German company a 24-hour ultimatum to reply, it remained silent.
That doesn't, of course, actually keep them from getting their assets frozen, bank accounts closed up, or any of the various measures a government can call upon to enforce their decision. It does, however, slow things down quite a bit. Whether or not Blizzard will ever actually see that $8.5 million is up in the air, though improving the player experience of their already ludicrously profitable games probably makes their pursuit of justice a net profit overall.
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