Activision files legal action against Call of Duty EngineOwning ‘cheat site’
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Publisher Activision has filed a complaint with the German website EngineOwning for the alleged manufacture, marketing and sale of cheat software and in-game hacks for the company’s successful shooters franchise, Call of Duty.
The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in California yesterday, accuses EngineOwning of developing paid services with which players from Call of Duty and other multiplayer titles can purchase ongoing subscriptions for software that enables auto-aim, triggerbots, “x-ray vision”, map radar, and other very questionable gameplay tactics. The site offers paid services for franchisees including Call of Duty, Battlefield, Titanfall, and Halo, with fees going into triple digits.
“Activision is aware and believes, and on this basis alleges, that The defendants are engaged in the development, maintenance, marketing, distribution, sale, and supporting the cheat software, âthe lawsuit read. âAt all times material herein, the defendants have developed, updated, marketed, distributed, sold and supported cheating Software. They did and continue to do so through EO’s website, email, and other communication platforms such as Discord â.
The lawsuit targets approximately 12 people, using their pseudonyms, as having volunteered their services as coders, developers, marketers, resellers and customer support specialists for EngineOwning’s business. Activision is seeking “exemplary and punitive damages” from the defendants, in an attempt to shut down EngineOwning operations while simultaneously sending a warning shot to other alleged hacks / cheating equipment.
Call of Duty, like many shooters, has waged a constant and ever-evolving battle against cheaters since the genre moved to the online multiplayer market. Despite dedicated teams of moderators, the implementation of powerful anti-cheat software, and the banning of millions of accounts over the years, cheating continues to endure as a veteran element of Call of Dutythe legacy of. And, for some individuals, a very profitable item.
This is just one more misfortune to add to Activision’s growing pile of internal and external issues.