Ownership of the engine must pay Activision $15 million and surrender the domain

May 29, 2024 by No Comments

Last year, Activision Blizzard won a victory in the courts, ordering EngineOwning — gaming’s most prolific cheat provider — to pay $3 million in damages. The case is related to both Overwatch and Call of Duty, but it’s not the end of the debacle as AB refuses to relent.

Now, a judge has ruled that engine-owning Activision must pay Blizzard nearly $15 million in damages and legal fees, based on the platform’s consistent (and successful) attempts to circumvent AB’s anti-cheat systems. Not only that, the court ruled that the EngineOwning domain should be handed over to Activision Blizzard.

Crime doesn’t pay

In this long battle between EngineOwning and Activision Blizzard, it was revealed that thousands of gamers used EngineOwning’s cheat software. This includes content creators and their malicious activities who are effectively fooled by the lawsuit.

In the United States, the EngineOwning software was downloaded 72,328 times, claims final documentation from the court case. The court therefore found it ‘reasonable’ for AB to seek such a high amount in damages. It was later revealed that attorney’s fees alone were $292,912.

Over the years, EngineOwning has provided cheat solutions for Call of Duty, Counter-Strike, Battlefield and Titanfall – among other games. The company also offered a hardware ID spoofer, which bypasses one of the main functions of anti-cheat software, especially high-end solutions that can enforce ‘hardware bans’ against cheaters.

Ultimately, it won’t do much to slow down these malicious operators, as the video game cheating market is like a multi-headed hydra – but it’s certainly a solid blow.

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