Blizzard Files Suit Against SCII Cheat Producers

October 18, 2010 -

In a complaint filed on October 4 (thanks GameSpot), Blizzard Entertainment has targeted a trio of men, accusing them of creating and selling hacks for the Blizzard game StarCraft II.

Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the complaint names Michael VanKuipers (aka “Perma” or “Permaphrost”), Michael Simpson (aka Matt Cooper, “Cranix,” or “Cranyx) and John Roe (aka linuxawesome). 10 “John Does” are also named.

Blizzard alleges that the defendants participated in the “insidious and harmful practice of developing, distributing and selling software products (sometimes referred to as “hacks” or “cheats”) that modify” components of Blizzard’s games. The company alleges that “just days” after the release of StarCraft II, the website gamethreat.net promoted the fact that “our staff is already planning new releases for this game.”

Blizzard said it notified VanKuipers and Simpson of their infringement, but that neither ceased their activity. Blizzard claims that “Defendants' actions have unjustly profited Defendants while causing significant damage to Blizzard.”

VanKuipers is from Burnaby, Canada, while Simpson was said to be from Banff, Canada, and described as the “driving force” behind sc2hackdev.org. Roe is thought to be from Lima, Peru. Some of the 10 ten John Does may use aliases such as “Wiggley,” “Zynastor,” and “Dark Mage.”

Blizzard noted that each copy of StarCraft II features a “terms of use” clause that “expressly prohibits the player from hacking or modifying the game, including to use hacks or cheats to alter the multiplayer experience.” Its Blizzard.net service also features a binding “terms of use” agreement.

Blizzard says that it is “entitled to maximum statutory damages of $150,000 for each copyright infringed” which covers  multiple copyright infringements, including direct, inducement to infringe, contributory and vicarious copyright infringement.

Grab the full complaint here (PDF).


Comments

Re: Blizzard Files Suit Against SCII Cheat Producers

They bundle the single player cheats with the multiplayer cheats.  And who in their right mind would buy single player cheats when there are legit ones already in the game?  It is obvious these were sold to cheat in multiplayer.

These sort of people ruin the game for everyone and they deserve no sympathy.    

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Re: Blizzard Files Suit Against SCII Cheat Producers

Sorry, what?  Are you guys for real (top 2 comments).  SC2 is primarily an online/esports game.  Hackers are akin to cheaters in any other sport, the most suitable analogy probably being substance abuse.  I perfectly understand people's hatred for the Activision half of this company, but shutting down hackers is nothing but good and although suing (America's favourite pastime, i thought?) may seem a bit harsh, $150k is nothing compared to the likes of the RIAA, is it?

 

I'm afraid you're letting your dislike for Big Business/Activision/Blizzard (delete where applicable) blind you to the fact that stopping cheaters in online gaming is a good thing.  This isn't about some innocent console kid cheating his way through the latest platformer because he can't finish it, this is about cheating the rest of the community and ruining the game of the year for other players.

 

Michael 'Zechs' Radford - www.sk-gaming.com

Re: Blizzard Files Suit Against SCII Cheat Producers

The cheat is for the single player portion of the game. Why can't a person modify a game they paid good money for if it's only victim is that player? If their beef is about the leaderboards and such, that's Blizzard's own mistake for linking the SP side to the MP. If someone wants to hack their game, that's their own business. SP hacking doesn't harm anyone but the one doing the hacking, until Blizzard pulled a UbiSoft move that is.

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Re: Blizzard Files Suit Against SCII Cheat Producers

This continues to prove my theory that businesses that start suing people left and right are actually dying.  Blizzard died years ago but the influx of cash from WoW is rather problematic toward their inevitable self-termination.  This lawsuit will help hurry that process along.  Goodbye Blizzard.

- Left4Dead

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Re: Blizzard Files Suit Against SCII Cheat Producers

How is their sefl-termination ienvitable if they're doign so well with their IPs?

Great Job Blizzard!

That will definitely stop those cheats from spreading, by bringing more attention to them! Don't innovate, litigate!

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