Nobody likes cheaters or hackers when it comes to video games. They tend to ruin the game for everyone, especially in competitive games like StarCraft 2 where hacks and cheats could essentially nullify a gamer’s skill that he/she spent countless of hours honing. Well it seems like Blizzard has had enough and has since filed a lawsuit against a group of StarCraft 2 hackers for alleged copyright infringement.
According to the lawsuit, Blizzard is looking to sue the programmers behind the StarCraft 2 ValiantChaos MapHack cheat. The goal behind the map is to give StarCraft 2 players advantages over the competition through cheats and dishonest methods, which like we said earlier, can ruin the game for the legitimate player who is giving it their best shot.
The complaint reads, “Defendants create and sell their unlawful software products with the knowledge that they are facilitating and promoting users to infringe Blizzard’s copyrights, to breach their contracts with Blizzard, and to otherwise violate Blizzard’s rights.” Blizzard also claims the cheat ruins the game and fun for other players.
“Among other things, Defendants irreparably harm the ability of Blizzard’s legitimate customers to enjoy and participate in the competitive online experience of StarCraft II. That, in turn, causes users to grow dissatisfied with the game, lose interest in the game, and communicate that dissatisfaction.”
The creators of the hack are charging gamers $62.90 to access the VIP section of the forum to download it. The maphack has reportedly been in circulation for the past few years and has apparently managed to drum up tens of thousands of dollars in sales. Blizzard is seeking both an injunction and possible damages, which could amount to millions.