As if the previous lawsuits brought against its users wasn’t enough indication, three more hackers found themselves on Blizzard’s bad side, legally speaking. The software giant filed suit in a District Court of Los Angeles against programmers who allegedly created and sold hacks to Starcraft II. The company has already permanently banned over 5,000 cheating players (their relevance to the specific suit has yet to be called in as relevant evidence) from Battle.net access.
The litigation specifically targets Canadians “Permaphrost” and “Cranix”, as well as the Peruvian owner of the handle “Linuxawesome”. The charges include multiple forms of copyright infringement, both directly from the targeted hackers and indirectly by those purchasing and operating their hacks.
“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,” said the company in the filing.
“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,'” continues the lawsuit.
“The harm to Blizzard from Defendants’ conduct is immediate, massive and irreparable,” continues the suite. “By distributing the Hacks to the public, Defendants cause serious harm to the value of StarCraft II. Among other things, Defendants irreparably harm the ability of Blizzard’s legitimate customers (i.e. those who purchase and use unmodified games) to enjoy and participate in the competitive online experience.”
“That, in turn, causes users to grow dissatisfied with the game, lose interest in the game, and communicate that dissatisfaction, thereby resulting in lost sales of the game or ‘add-on’ packs and expansions thereto,” says the suit.