Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Activision Publishing, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against EngineOwning, a company that advertises cheats for Duty games and other popular online shooters, and seeks to shut down software that allows people to cheat on any Activision published game.

“Through this lawsuit, Activision seeks to end illegal conduct by an organization that distributes and sells for-profit numerous malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain (i.e., cheat) unfair competitive advantages in the COD Games,” Activision said. “These ongoing activities hurt Activision’s games, the overall business and the experience of the COD player community.”

According to the lawsuit, the cheat software allows players to manipulate the COD games to their personal advantage, such as by automatically aiming weapons, revealing opponents’ locations, and showing the player information not normally available to players. because it would give them an unfair advantage in the game.” The company says it believes the defendants “were fully aware that their conduct violates Activision’s rights, but nevertheless brutally continued their activities.”

The company names 50 “Does” in the lawsuit, and while noting the suspected identities of some individuals involved in EngineOwning, it acknowledges that “the real names and capabilities, whether individual, corporate, associated or otherwise, of the Doe- defendants are unknown to Activision.”

Activision has been making great efforts lately to crack down on cheaters in the Duty games, paying a certain amount of attention to the hugely popular – and free-to-play – Call of Duty: Warzone. The company rolled out its new Ricochet anti-cheat system worldwide in war zone in December, and the company said: soon after that it had banned 48,000 “cheater accounts” thanks to the new system. In the lawsuit, Activision says it “has been able to identify and ban hundreds of thousands of accounts using cheat software in the COD Games in the past year.” (That presumably refers to 2021.)

A Twitter account that appears to belong to EngineOwning did not immediately respond to a Twitter DM requesting comment. It has not posted about the lawsuit on that account and its website is live as of this writing.

Activision Blizzard is currently embroiled in scandal after being sued by the state of California for claiming to have fostered a culture of “continuous sexual harassment” and gender discrimination. Some company employees have their third week of a strike to protest unexpected layoffs of QA employees at Raven Software, known for its work on Duty.

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