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Blizzard is suing the creator of an Overwatch cheat program which allows players to see where enemy players are situated at all times, among other advantages. The company has filed a lawsuit against Bossland, the Germany-based creator of the software, at a court in California.

According to a TorrentFreak report, Blizzard has accused Bossland of copyright infringement, unfair competition and violation of the DMCA's anti-circumvention provision.

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Good , people who cheat in multiplayer games just ruin it for everyone else.
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Too bad nothing will probably come out of this as i believe creator/company is located in german but they're suing in Cali last time i checked.
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Creator is in Germany, lawsuit is in California. What is jurisdiction again?

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Too bad nothing will probably come out of this as i believe creator/company is located in german but they're suing in Cali last time i checked.
This. The lawsuit is worthless waste of time and if they actually take these guys out (which they wont) this will give incentive to other cheat makers to jump on board and charge serious money for the aimbot for over watch. Suing a guy based in Germany in a California based court... That surely will go well.
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Blizzard can sue in Cali because of the "passive personality" principle which dictates that a state may assert jurisdiction over persons and events outside a state's territory on the basis that its citizen has been harmed, but as long as the defendant does not enter US territory (or any territory that has agreements with the US pertaining to the matter at hand), according to european law that judgement cannot be enforced in a country that's a member of the European Union, as the EU does not recognize the jurisdiction of foreign courts outside of matters of national security, cybercrime or crimes against humanity.

So however Blizzard might very well win in court, as long as the defendant doesn't show up, that judgement will have only one effect, setting a precedent to deter other companies to try and sell hacks for Blizzard games.
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Blizzard can sue in Cali because of the "passive personality" principle which dictates that a state may assert jurisdiction over persons and events outside a state's territory on the basis that its citizen has been harmed, but as long as the defendant does not enter US territory (or any territory that has agreements with the US pertaining to the matter at hand), according to european law that judgement cannot be enforced in a country that's a member of the European Union, as the EU does not recognize the jurisdiction of foreign courts outside of matters of national security, cybercrime or crimes against humanity.

So however Blizzard might very well win in court, as long as the defendant doesn't show up, that judgement will have only one effect, setting a precedent to deter other companies to try and sell hacks for Blizzard games.

Thanks for your input.

So basically life goes on normally for that person as long as he doesn't enter the US?
What happens if he enters the US in lets say... 2 years?
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Blizzard can sue in Cali because of the "passive personality" principle which dictates that a state may assert jurisdiction over persons and events outside a state's territory on the basis that its citizen has been harmed, but as long as the defendant does not enter US territory (or any territory that has agreements with the US pertaining to the matter at hand), according to european law that judgement cannot be enforced in a country that's a member of the European Union, as the EU does not recognize the jurisdiction of foreign courts outside of matters of national security, cybercrime or crimes against humanity.

So however Blizzard might very well win in court, as long as the defendant doesn't show up, that judgement will have only one effect, setting a precedent to deter other companies to try and sell hacks for Blizzard games.

Thanks for your input.

So basically life goes on normally for that person as long as he doesn't enter the US?
What happens if he enters the US in lets say... 2 years?

Nothing unless Blizzard somehow gets a whiff of it and get the defendant to be served with a summons. Then if the defendant chooses to ignore the summons and then leaves the country, an international arrest warrant is the next logical step (then it switches to which countries have extradition agreements with the US). But it's Blizzard we're talking about here, not the NSA, so I highly doubt they'd spend money having people track the movement of the defendant throughout the years because it's likely to cost them more than they'd get in damages...
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I am pretty sure Blizzard is dancing a jig atm, even though i heard via YT that they plan to ban for life when you are found to be hacking, tbh...that doesnt stop hackers...they simply make another account and then buy another copy of the game and go back to hacking

I had a friend that was into using subscription hacks to cheat online.....he let me puruse their forums for a bit, they even have a section on where you can buy discounted copies of the game after you get banned and plenty of them did just that...

So blizzard goes on to do everything possible to discourage the hacking while at the same time profits from the hackers buying multiple copies of the game....Since this isnt a subscription based game they just need the revenue from selling the copies.....

I know hackers will put a huge damper on the overwatch online community, but that hasnt stopped the sheeple buying COD after COD game year after year...
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I am pretty sure Blizzard is dancing a jig atm, even though i heard via YT that they plan to ban for life when you are found to be hacking, tbh...that doesnt stop hackers...they simply make another account and then buy another copy of the game and go back to hacking

I had a friend that was into using subscription hacks to cheat online.....he let me puruse their forums for a bit, they even have a section on where you can buy discounted copies of the game after you get banned and plenty of them did just that...

So blizzard goes on to do everything possible to discourage the hacking while at the same time profits from the hackers buying multiple copies of the game....Since this isnt a subscription based game they just need the revenue from selling the copies.....

I know hackers will put a huge damper on the overwatch online community, but that hasnt stopped the sheeple buying COD after COD game year after year...

Indeed. And it's nothing new, Blizzard has profited a LOT from hackers especially with WoW. At some point it was so profitable to raise toons and sell accounts on eBay that it would more than offset the cost of getting a few accounts banned here and there.
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