Activision Files Unusual Lawsuit over Call of Duty Cheat Codes

Activision is suing to shut down the EngineOwning cheat-code site and hold individual developers and coders liable for damages.

Activision, publisher of the enormously popular gaming franchise Call of Duty, has taken an extraordinary step to try and shut down cheat software by suing the popular site EngineOwning (EO).

EO develops and sells software tools to players looking for an edge. EO cheats for Call of Duty include “aimbots” which automatically train the shooter’s weapon on the opponent; “triggerbots” that automatically fire at another player when they become visible on-screen; and a feature the lawsuit calls “ESP and 2D/3D Radar,” which allows gamers to see opposing players through walls.

Attorneys for Activision argue EO’s cheating exploits are nothing more than illegal software hacks that disturb the competitive balance of the game, driving players to quit and publicly bash the game on social media.

“Activision has spent and continues to spend an enormous amount of resources to combat cheating in games,” the filing added. “Notwithstanding those efforts, defendants’ sale and distribution of the cheating software has caused Activision to suffer massive and irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation and to lose substantial revenue.”

Cybersecurity researchers have

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