Blizzard Sues ‘Starcraft 2’ Cheat Makers

Blizzard Entertainment is suing the makers of the Starcraft II "ValiantChaos MapHack" cheat, according to this TorrentFreak report. Blizzard is suing the makers of the cheat program for copyright infringement, and for ruining the Starcraft II gaming experience for legitimate online players. In the complaint filed at a federal court in California, Blizzard said in its complaint that the cheat ruins the fun for other players.

Oddly enough, the true identities of the programmers who make and sell the hack are unknown, but Blizzard wants them to stop distributing the software.

"The hacks and cheats made available by Defendants, including a product known as the 'ValiantChaos MapHack,' modify the StarCraft II online game experience, to the detriment of legitimate StarCraft II users, and thus to Blizzard itself," the complaint reads. "Defendants create and sell their unlawful software products with the knowledge that they are facilitating and promoting users to infringe Blizzard’s copyrights, to breach their contracts with Blizzard, and to otherwise violate Blizzard’s rights."

The complaint lists copyright infringement violations for using Blizzard’s work without permission, as well as breach of contract for violating the game’s terms of use.

As of this writing, the ValiantChaos MapHack remains for sale online. The site charges users a donation of $62.50 for access to the VIP section of the site. We will have more on this story as it develops, but it's pretty clear that Blizzard is laying down the ground work for identifying who makes these cheats and forcing them to cough up some of the money these cheats generated.

Source: TorrentFreak

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