Bungie awarded $13.5 million in damages in lawsuit against cheat software developer


The parties reached a consent judgment before the case could go to trial.

Destiny 2 Bungie studio has won his case against defendants Elite Boss Tech, its owner Robert James Duthie Nelson and other defendant “does” allegedly involved with the cheat software developer.

Bungie will receive $13.5 million, or $2,000 for each download of the software, which totals 6,765 downloads.

Although Elite Boss Tech initially alleged that no derivative works were created and that Bungie’s copyright infringement claims had no merit, defendants are now admitting hundreds of infringements.

The movement reads that defendants’ software “includes a software module designed for use with Destiny 2 which displays a graphic overlay that embeds and annotates [Bungie’s] under copyright Destiny 2 audiovisual work, and thereby infringes as an unauthorized derivative work. »

In addition to having to pay the $13.5 million, Elite Boss Tech is also prohibited from reverse engineering any game developed or published by Bungie and creating software that infringes Bungie’s rights or the rights of any subsidiary or affiliate of Bungie.

The lawsuit against Elite Boss Tech is the third time in the past two years that Bungie has entered into legal battles against cheat software developers, including claims ofcopyright infringement in a case against AimJunkies, although the suit was dismissed.

Bungie also sued ring-1 subscription service cheat for copyright infringement alongside Ubisoft last year.

While this outcome may not necessarily reduce the number of cheaters for Bungie’s games as much as the company might hope, legal efforts like these serve as warnings to those who would try to take the place of Elite Boss. Tech.

Bungie isn’t alone in targeting cheat tech developers; recently. Nintendo said they wanted to send a message with the conviction of Gary Bowser, who was sentenced to 40 months in prison for his role in the hacking group Team-Xecutor.

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David Carcasole is a freelance games journalist whose work has appeared in GamesIndustry.Biz, [lock-on], In the spine, and others. Find him on Twitter @SlyBowser, where he likely longs for the days when PS Vita games were still in development.

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