Blizzard previously won a legal battle against cheat and hack creator Bossland in German courts. Now, the developer and publisher behind Warcraft and Overwatch is taking the group to court in the US. This time, they are seeking $8.5 million.
The case was started in mid-2016 but Bossland stopped responding so Blizzard are looking to be awarded a default judgement. In the request, Blizzard is looking to obtain the minimum statutory copyright damages of $200 per infringement. According to the complaint, Bossland sold 42,818 hacks in the US.
The complaint doesn’t stop at copyright infringement either, they are also including loss of sales claiming that people were put off buying Blizzard games because of the cheaters.
Blizzard said via TorrentFreak
In this case, Blizzard is only seeking the minimum statutory damages of $200 per infringement, for a total of $8,563,600.00. While Blizzard would surely be entitled to seek a larger amount, Blizzard seeks only minimum statutory damages.
Blizzard does not seek such damages as a “punitive” measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall.
While the $8.5 million seems high, Blizzard claim that Bossland’s earnings are likely to be higher as hacks from the group cost up to $200 per year.