Riot wins $10m lawsuit against League of Legends cheating service

Ben Parfitt
Riot wins $10m lawsuit against League of Legends cheating service

A company that created and sold bots and scripts that allowed players to cheat at League of Legends has suffered a major defeat to developer Riot in the courts.

LeagueSharp sold a number of subscriptions starting from just $15 a month that allowed players to quickly level characters without actually putting in any of the hard work. The company was also accused of attacking Riot’s servers, teaching players how to cheat and advising them on methods to avoid paying in-game transactions.

Riot said in the initial suit that the company was "dedicated to destroying the LoL player experience, harming the LoL community, and subverting Riot's game (and its community) for its own profit."

Fundamentally, it accused it of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by selling software that circumvented League of Legends' anti-cheat systems.

LeagueSharp has been ordered to pay Riot $10m. In addition, Riot is now in complete control of its websites.

In a message now deleted from its website but preserved by ClickOn, LeagueSharp said: “As some of you may know, Riot Games has filed a lawsuit against LeagueSharp and has made it clear to us that LeagueSharp violates their Terms of Use.

“As a result of our lawsuit with Riot, we have agreed to cease development and support for LeagueSharp and any other tools related to Riot Games. You also should be aware that using third-party tools in League of Legends may result in the suspension or banning of your account by Riot Games.

“We apologize for any pain we’ve caused to players of League of Legends.”

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