We get the appeal of botting in video games. No one likes spending hours grinding for loot or gold, but unfortunately that’s the way games like World of Warcraft and Diablo work. However bots can also ruin the game for players who are trying to play the game in a legitimate manner, which is why it isn’t surprising to see Blizzard go after bot makers and cheaters so hard.
According to a report from TorrentFreak, it seems that Blizzard has recently filed a lawsuit against a team of bot makers. These developers supposedly developed gaming bots that allows gamers to cheat in games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and more. To be more specific, the bots in question are HonorBuddy, DemonBuddy, and StormBuddy.
Blizzard claims that the bots infringe upon their copyright and ruin the fun for other gamers, as well as cause Blizzard financial damage. Blizzard notes in the lawsuit, “The Bots that Enright has programmed and helps distribute destroy the integrity of the Blizzard Games, alienating and frustrating legitimate players, and diverting revenue from Blizzard to Defendants.”
This isn’t the first time Blizzard has used legal methods to go after cheaters and bot makers. Last year Blizzard sued hackers over a maphack cheat for StarCraft 2. They also took a World of Warcraft bot maker to court and won, essentially forcing them to shut down. The company has also been equally harsh towards players found cheating.