Blizzard Suing Starcraft II Cheat Makers

Remember those 5000 people Blizzard busted for cheating in Starcraft II? Well the developer is going after those responsible with a vengeance, taking three men to court for creating the hacks those users employed.

"Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience", the suit reads. "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.'"

The three men - "Permaphrost," "Cranix," and "Linuxawesome" - are being accused of "multiple counts of copyright infringement", with Blizzard seeking not just damages but also a cut of the money the three received selling the hacks.

They also stand accused of encouraging others to infringe upon Blizzard's copyright, because "When users of the Hacks 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, as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and create derivative works of StarCraft II."

Blizzard sues Starcraft II hackers [GameSpot]


    Good on them, They could also say that its cost them money, as some people might have stopped playing the game because of the hackers.

      Thank you Blizzard! Thank you! I'm buying SC3 just because of this effort.

    I don't know if giving a company a "cut" from hacks sold for their game is really in the best interest of the game over the long haul.


    I hope they get what is coming to them. Hacks destroyed sc1/diablo2 after a while and made online the most annoying and pointless thing ever.


    Oh wait they merged so that isn't an insult anymore. This is to be expected from them.

    so thats how i got zerg rushed in thirty seconds,
    wow i just can't believe any one would sink that low to use hacks just to win at starcraft.

    sure i know people who use hacks in cod mw1&2 but starcraft.

      These hacks are of the 'map hack' variety, and reveal what your opponent is doing, it doesn't 'speed' the game up.

      You just got 4-pooled and it doesn't change the fact you juts got caught with your pants down. Good scouting always shuts down this sort of thing.

    "they copy StarCraft II copyrighted content into their computer’s RAM in excess of the scope of their limited license"

    That's just....

    I think I now to go through the StarCraft EULA. If there's a clause about that in there, it definitely kills any chance of me giving them money ever again.

    Shows that people should actually read the EULA before designing hacks.

    Blizzard don't need their money-sure make sure no one is cheating, but you already had 2 amazing cash cows going- WOW and SC2. Is it really neccessary to grab the profits these guys made?

      These guys have made pretty much nothing compared to Blizzard. Blizzard is just taking them to court to scare others considering to distribute hacks.

    Denny Crane!

    "When users of the Hacks 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, as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and create derivative works of StarCraft II."

    Oh great now our RAM commits piracy, thanks Actibliz.

      Honestly, there's no point even commenting on the EULA terms if you aren't willing to read between the legalese to see what it's actually expressing.

      The only point laypeople should be taking from the sentence regarding RAM, is the part "in excess of the scope of their limited licence". If you want to use the malintended software for purposes clearly outside what Starcraft 2 should be installed for, then yes, you are infringing on the installation license and should be caught out by this.

      Nothing else there stands out as anything extraordinary from a legal perspective; other than usually flowery legislation designed more to provide direction to courtroom interpretation than anything else.

      It's about time the social harm caused by cheating (namely, an encroachment of others' enjoyment of the game) is recognised in law. Don't worry though, I doubt Blizzard will bother in any action against specific cheaters (that'll be the day, though).

        Don't give me this "license" bullshit. I bought A copy of a game and now own that copy to do with what I wish. I did not spend $100 to get permission to play their game.

        And don't skew my posts to sound like I am in support of cheaters, I'm only against Blizzard's retarded reasoning for bringing the banhammer on them.

    Nintendo vs. Gamegenie?

    Haha as usual people go straight for the actiblizz cliche that all the forum trolls spout wah wah wah you're like a broken record. They are not suing because they need the money, obviously, but to deter future cheaters and hackers by making examples out of these people. The 'cut' is because hackers made money exploiting not only the game they made but YOU. all this whinging but at the end the people who benefit are you guys playing it online. Look at the bigger picture...

    and before anyone jumps to forum cliche #2 and crys 'fanboy', I thought sc2 was crap and I gave up on it a week after release. And wow 4.0 is ass. PC gaming and I are no longer friends so blizzard are irrelevant to me.

    Blizzard obviously does not need the profit they made from ruining everyones online experience.

    They did it to set an example for the industry.

    What did the hackers expect when they were trying to undermine a BILLION dollar company and make profit from the exploit of their IP?

    Stupidity at it's finest.

    While I hate hacks online and find cheating disgusting..
    Turning this into a legal thing (rather than finding the hacks and patching against them often) frightens me.
    If I want to modify my dishwasher and void my warrenty thats my bad luck - its not illegal.
    If they want to void their game warrenty then go for it. But if they turn this into a legal thing - well, thats just plain scary.
    Dont get too excited yet, anti-cheaters.

      no sorry; to use your analogy, its more like if you modify your dishwasher and it affects other peoples dishwashers from working correctly. that is the issue. they are not taking people to court who cheat on the single player campaign whatever you do by yourself is of no concern, but if you ruin the experience for other people who paid good money for a product/experience then yeah you deserve whatever you get...

        If this is following from the last story about banning people for hacking the single player aspect and claiming achievments influence online play then its more like I modified (just a paint job) my dishwasher and it somehow makes other people think their dishwasher isnt as cool because mines red and theirs is white. They both still clean dishes. Harden up.
        Now if its multiplayer IN GAME hacks, sure. Take everything they gots! Single player hacking is the father of modding. Leave it be.

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