Destiny 2 creator Bungie won an arbitration case for $4.3 million against AimJunkies, owned by Phoenix Digital Group, for copyright infringement; violating the Consumer Protection Act; and breach of contract. AimJunkie makes aimbots, wall hacks, and other cheats for Destiny 2 and several other popular games. The arbitrator found AimJunkies guilty of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by using tools to reverse engineer Destiny 2 in order to make their cheats. Bungie also banned an AimJunkies developer “several times,” according to the documents, who then circumvented protections to regain access to the game. The total judgment amounts to more than $3.6 million in damages, plus legal costs, bringing the winnings up to $4.3 million.
“We’re pleased to have been awarded what we believe to be the first instance of statutory damages for a DMCA violation,” Bungie general counsel Don McGowan said in a statement issued to Polygon. “We’ve made our position against cheaters and illegal cheat makers abundantly clear in publicly-accessible court filings and our in-game actions. We will continue to take action against bad actors who damage the player experience for the rest of the community.”
– Excerpt from an article for Polygon by Nicole Carpenter. Read the full article here.
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