Blizzard Entertainment is suing German cheat outfit Bossland again, taking their legal battle to the U.S courts after a judgement in their favour in the German courts.
This lawsuit, asking for $8.5m in damages, and the several still running in Germany are the final steps of the path Blizzard started down when they filed a legal complaint in July 2016, accusing Bossland of copyright infringements, millions of lost sales, and other charges. In Blizzard’s mind, Bossland’s cheat engines like Honorbuddy and Demonbuddy are ruining the experience for its customers and scaring players away from the game.
Bossland attempted to dismiss the case due to a lack of jurisdiction, which failed. Then Bossland became unresponsive, went dark and has failed to respond even to a 24-hour ultimatum delivered by the courts. Blizzard has now filed a motion for a default judgement.
“In this case, Blizzard is only seeking the minimum statutory damages of $200 per infringement, for a total of $8,563,600.00," say the developers, via TorrentFreak. "While Blizzard would surely be entitled to seek a larger amount, Blizzard seeks only minimum statutory damages.
Blizzard has said that Bossland’s earnings from the cheats are likely higher than the amount Blizzard are suing for, as the going rate on a Bossland hack is around $200 a year.
“Blizzard does not seek such damages as a “punitive” measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall." they have said.