Blizzard Entertainment is on the offensive, filing a lawsuit against German based Bot development company “Bossland”.
Bossland has developed multiple bots for Blizzard games including but not limited to “Stormbuddy, “Demonbuddy” and “HonorBuddy”. Having a company based on breaking the terms and conditions of games has evidently landed the German developer in a lot of hot water.
Bossland’s entire business is based in cheating, and the use of their bots negatively impacts our global player community. That’s why we do not tolerate cheating in our games, and it’s why our players overwhelmingly support that policy. We’ve already won numerous cases against Bossland in Germany (where they’re based), and despite their tactics to delay the ongoing proceedings and the related repercussions, we’re confident that the court system will continue to validate our claims and ultimately stop the distribution of these cheating bots. We’ll continue to aggressively defend our games and services, within the bounds of the law, in an effort to provide the best possible experience for our players. We want to use this as an opportunity to remind players who might not be aware—using bots, such as those distributed by Bossland, to automate gameplay in our games will result in a loss of access to those games.
Blizzard is only claiming the minimum statutory damages wanting Bossland to pay $200 per infringement for a total sum of $8,563,600 million dollars. Bossland tried to have the suit dismissed, but failed to respond by the given deadline.
“Blizzard does not seek such damages as a “punitive” measure against Bossland or to obtain an unjustified windfall,”
Blizzard claims that Bossland’s revenue is much higher than the damages they are asking for and the $8.5 million asked is a conservative figure. Funnily enough, Bossland is now accusing Blizzard Entertainment of copyright infringement claiming that the multi-billion dollar company possesses the whole Stormbuddy source code and was never given any permission by Bossland to give out their intellectual property.