Bungie and Riot Team Up to Take Down Cheat Makers

Bungie and Riot Team Up to Take Down Cheat Makers

Two giants, waking up.

pocru by pocru on Jan 12, 2021 @ 03:57 AM (Staff Bios)
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When you make cheating software, you're generally playing with lit matches in an oil tanker: sooner or later, you're almost certainly going to get caught and sued, so it's really a question of how long you're willing to risk it before you take your money and run. Some cheaters manage to play the system and duck out with a small profit: others stick around a little too long, and in the process, get served.

This is the unfortunate but well-deserved fate of the people behind GatorCheats, who are getting sued not by one studio, but two: Riot Games and Bungie are teaming up to bring the pain to this cheat maker, which is the first I've ever heard of such a thing happening.

Anyway, it's a pretty straightforward affair: Valorant, Riot's free-to-play team shooter, and Destiny 2, Bungie's weird third-person MMO, have both lost "millions of dollars" due to this cheat software, which makes players unlikely to return to a game that requires player retention in order to drive a profit. So, in response, both Riot and Destiny 2 are demanding that all sales of the cheating software cease, all support for existing cheating software ends, and "a full accounting of all GatorCheats sales in the US, all proceeds earned from all GatorCheats sales, and various sorts of damages and attorney fees." Oof.

In a statement to Polygon, Riot says:
 

“Cheating undermines a game’s competitive integrity and erodes community trust. Riot is wholly committed to upholding these values for its players, so when we become aware of a cheat maker, you bet we’re going to go after them.”


The GatorCheats website is now pretty barren thanks to this lawsuit, but I'm pretty sure no one will be crying over it or anything. Cheaters might prosper if they don't stick around too long, but GatorCheats, it seemed, pushed a little too hard a little too long.

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