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Activision Taking Legal Action Against Call Of Duty Cheat Distributor

It is important to keep in mind what is going on within Activision Blizzard at this time regarding ongoing allegations about the work culture. The ongoing lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against the company is over reported toxic workplace culture. The bulk of the suit focuses on “violations of the state’s civil rights and equal pay laws,” specifically regarding the treatment of women and other marginalized groups. To learn more about the proceedings thus far, including details listed in the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, please check out our previous coverage here.

Activision attempted to put an end to cheating in its Call of Duty games with last year’s release of Ricochet, its new kernel anti-cheat system, and now, it’s taking legal action against one of the biggest cheat distributors out there. 

First reported by GamesIndustry.biz, Activison filed a lawsuit against EngineOwning, a Germany-based website “engaged in the development, sale, distribution, marketing, and exploitation of a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks for popular online multiplayer games, most prominently the [Call of Duty] games.” 

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The suit was officially filed yesterday, January 4, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. It specifically targets “trafficking in circumvention devices” – presumably the circumvention of Ricochet – as well as “intentional interference with contractual relations and unfair competition.”

Cheats distributed by EngineOwning include auto-fire, auto-aim, location reveal cheats, and more, and can cost players anywhere from roughly $5 for a few days of use to nearly $15 for three months of service. Activision says these cheats and the others distributed by the website have caused it to “suffer massive and irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation, and to lose substantial revenue.” As a result, the company seeks “exemplary and punitive damages,” as noted by GamesIndustry.biz

We’ll update this story as more is revealed through court proceedings. 

[Source: GamesIndustry.biz]

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