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Activision has filed a lawsuit against cheat distributor EngineOwning in the Central District of California.
As discovered by The edge, Activision has its legal action against EngineOwning on January 4th as part of a broader push to restrict and shut down software that allows players to cheat in Call of Duty: Warzone and other publisher-published games.
In the lawsuit, EngineOwning is described as a “commercial online business consisting of a German business enterprise and numerous individuals” and accused of participating in the “development, sale, distribution, marketing and exploitation of a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks” for popular ones Online multiplayer games. ”
In the lawsuit, Activision states that it is trying to “stop illegal behavior by an organization that distributes and sells numerous malicious software products designed to enable the public to gain an unfair competitive advantage (ie, defraud).”) In the COD games . ” The lawsuit goes on to say that the “ongoing activities are damaging Activision’s games, its overall business and the experience of the COD gaming community.”
According to the allegations in the lawsuit, the cheating software in question enables players “to manipulate the CoD games for their personal gain, for example by automatically aiming guns, revealing the locations of opponents, and allowing the player to see information, that are not normal “. available to players because it would give them an unfair advantage within the game. “
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EngineOwnings own website states that it offers “cheat software for various multiplayer games” because it believes that “everyone should have the opportunity to win and enjoy online games”. In addition to providing cheat subscription services for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, the page lists cheats for a number of other games, including CoD Vanguard, Halo Infinite, Battlefield 5, Splitgate, and more.
Activision’s efforts to limit cheaters in its Call of Duty titles have intensified over the past few months. In October, the publisher announced Richocet, an anti-cheat system at the kernel level for the franchise, which was then introduced in December parallel to the switch from Warzone to a new card.
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Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.