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Bot Maker Bossland Loses Again, Set to Pay Blizzard $8.6M

Posted by Suzie Ford on Apr 04, 2017  | Comments

Bot Maker Bossland Loses Again, Set to Pay Blizzard $8.6M - MMORPG.com

As reported in March, Blizzard filed a lawsuit against bot software creator Bossland. It appears that the cheat software company has lost another lawsuit to Blizzard, this time at the hands of a California court that has ordered the company to pay out $8.6M for "copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provision". It is possible that Bossland will also be required to pay Blizzard's legal fees to the tune of an additional $177k.

Blizzard had challenged Bossland for reverse-engineering and altering game files in order to make bot software work in World of Warcraft and Overwatch. 

Blizzard's lawsuit alleged that:

The Bossland hacks destroy the integrity of the Blizzard games, thereby alienating and frustrating legitimate players and diverting revenue from Blizzard to defendants.

The California case saw Blizzard ask for $200 per program sold to customers in the United States. According to the case filing, 42,818 copies of the software were distributed in the US bringing the total damages to the $8.6M figure.

This is the second lawsuit that Bossland has lost to Blizzard, the first in Germany late in 2016.

You can read more at the links above or over at BBC (via PCGamer).

 

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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