Duo reckons GatorCheats has done “massive and irreparable harm” to their businesses.
League of Legends and Valorant studio Riot and Destiny maker Bungie are taking cheat creator GatorCheats to court.
As spotted by Polygon, lawyers for the two developers filed a case in the Central District of California alleging that the hack creator has done “massive and irreparable harm” to their businesses by creating and selling cheats. The duo reckons that GatorCheats could be liable to pay damages to the tune of “millions of dollars.”
The hacks are sold for a subscription of $90 per month, or users can buy lifetime access for $500. Cheats include aimbots – which automatically aim for players – as well as other exploits that give users an advantage, like being able to see information about competitors.
In the past, Bungie has sent GatorCheats a cease and desist notice. The company responded by informing its users that it would stop selling cheats, but it would continue to support the exploits it had already shifted – perhaps to avoid lawsuits and other flak from unhappy customers.
In a statement to Polygon, Riot said: “Cheating undermines a game’s competitive integrity and erodes community trust. Riot is wholly committed to upholding these values for its players, so when we become aware of a cheat maker, you bet we’re going to go after them.”
Riot launched its online shooter Valorant in April 2020. This new game came with the anti-cheat system Vanguard, which apparently had to be active all the time on users’ PC, but also ended up blocking some legitimate apps. The studio offered up a bounty for players who could find exploits in the anti-cheat system.
Bungie has also been active in tackling cheaters, saying in April 2020 that these bad actors had increased by 50 per cent year-on-year.