It was in January when Blizzard filed a lawsuit against notorious cheat developer Bossland for violating the terms of its services.
Despite being given multiple ultimatums by the legal branch to present its case, the accused refused to comply by continuing with a show of silence. This week, the court had enough of its shenanigans. Bossland failed to appear for the latest hearing, resulting in an easy victory for Blizzard.
“Blizzard has established a showing of resulting damage or harm because Blizzard expends a substantial amount of money combating the use of the Bossland Hacks to ensure fair game play,” the court wrote in its ruling. “Additionally, players of the Blizzard Games lodge complaints against cheating players, which has caused users to grow dissatisfied with the Blizzard Games and cease playing. Accordingly, the in-game cheating also harms Blizzard’s goodwill and reputation.”
Cheat developer Bossland has been ordered to pay $8,563,600 to Blizzard, plus $174,872 of the legal fees. The figure is based on an estimated minimum of at least 42,818 violations against the company’s terms of services, with a minimum statutory copyright damage of $200 per infringement.
Most importantly, the company has been prohibited from marketing or selling its products in the United States.
Strangely, Bossland has stated that it intends to appeal the ruling since the United States court has no jurisdiction over a German company. Hopefully, it will remember to appear in court should it go through with the appeal.
Bossland is a premium platform that offers a wide range of cheats, hacks, and bots. Its products mostly target titles from Blizzard such as World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III. Though, some are also designed for other online games such as Path of Exile, Pokémon Go, and Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Thankfully, it has been put out of business.