Activision is asking a California court to allow 15 companies, including Twitter, Reddit, Google, PayPal, Discord and Coinbase, to trace the names of 15 people involved in the sale of Call of Duty cheats.
Why this matters: Game companies are becoming increasingly aggressive in their fight to prevent rampant cheating in multiplayer games.
- Activision’s request is part of its lawsuit against Germany-based engine owner, which sells cheats to several games, including several Call of Duty.
- Activism in your complaint on January 4 said The fraud has caused the company to cause “irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation and to lose substantial revenue.”
Between the lines: In a new filing, the company said it has been unable to identify everyone behind the cheats and needs help tracing the identities behind the likes of Bonsai, Homi, NOL2 and other users.
- Lawyers complain that EngineOwning operators have been ignoring them since 2017 and say fraudsters are “trolling” them with the creation of a player group on Steam using the name of their law firm.
- Activision argues that the summons is needed “for the activation to obtain the relief it seeks.”
big picture: The sale of cheats is big business and a huge turn-off for players sickened by unfair matches.
- To lure cheaters and players alike, Activision announced improved anti-cheat software for the new Call of Duty release in late 2021.
- Destiny studio Bungie is suing other fraudsters on copyright grounds. In that case the defendants fired back this week, torrentfreak report, denying the violation and saying that “cheating is not against the law.”