If the 5,000 Starcraft cheaters getting busted by Blizzard wasn’t a pretty good indication that Blizzard takes cheating VERY seriously, than this sure is:
Blizzard announced today that they will be suing several cheat makers responsible for the incident, namely “Permaphrost”, “Cranix”, “Linuxawesome.” They are being charged with multiple accounts of copyright infringement.
Blizzard has stated that: “Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience. In fact, on the very day that Starcraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that ‘our staff is already planning new releases for this game.'”
Aside from the charges listed above, the cheat makers are also being charged with encouraging others to infringe Blizzard’s copyright.
Blizzard stated, “When users of the Hacks download, install, and use the Hacks, they copy StarCraft II copyrighted content into their computer’s RAM in excess of the scope of their limited license, as set forth in the EULA and ToU, and create derivative works of StarCraft II.”
Although none of the cheat makers live in the US, (two live in Canada, and the third lives in Peru) the case will be held in Los Angeles.