StarCraft II developer Blizzard has issued a lawsuit against three men over a series of hacks and cheats.
The three men – known to the game’s community as ‘Permaphrost’, ‘Cranix’ and ‘Linuxawesome’ – have been accused of “multiple counts of copyright infringement”, according to Kotaku. Blizzard is seeking damages and a cut of the money made from the sale of these hacks.
The suit claims: “Just days after the release of StarCraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketing and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the StarCraft II online game experience.
“In fact, on the very day that StarCraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that ‘our staff is already planning new releases for this game’.”
Blizzard has also accused the trio of encouraging others to infringe on StarCraft II’s copyright, claiming “when users download, install and use the hacks, they copy StarCraft II copyrighted content into their computer’s RAM in excess of the scope of their limited licence.”