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Activision wins $14.5 million lawsuit against cheat maker EngineOwning

Call of Duty publisher Activision has won a $14.5 million civil judgment in the United States against cheat software maker EngineOwning.

The German company EngineOwning has publicly admitted to developing and promoting cheating software for the Call of Duty series of games published by Activision Blizzard. The cheating software developer has challenged the final verdict, calling it “false.”

The legal dispute between Activision and EngineOwning began in 2022, when Activision filed a lawsuit specifically targeting EngineOwning and asked a judge to stop its operations:

“Activision is the owner and publisher of the Call of Duty series of video games (the “COD games”). Through this lawsuit, Activision seeks to stop the illegal actions of an organization that has distributed and sold for profit a large number of malware products designed to give the public an unfair competitive advantage (i.e., cheating) in COD games. These ongoing activities harm Activision’s games, its overall business, and the experience of the COD player community.”

Neither EngineOwning nor its representatives appeared in court to defend the case, so the court entered summary judgment. The default judgment in the case awarded Activision $14,465,000 in damages and $292,912 in attorney fees, but actual collection of those amounts is up to Activision and its attorneys. Judge Michael Fitzgerald of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued a permanent injunction against EngineOwning and declared that the Internet domains it operated were now owned by Activision.

“Accordingly, the Court finds that a permanent injunction should be issued enjoining Defendants’ unlawful conduct and transferring EO’s domain name to Plaintiff,” Fitzgerald wrote in the ruling.

Call of Duty cheaters remain stubborn

EngineOwning released a statement in response to the court’s decision, saying it intends to continue making cheat software and refuting the “false accusations” made by Activision.

There are many false allegations regarding the lawsuit against EngineOwning. All of the people targeted in the lawsuit have been inactive for a long time. The project was transferred to new owners several years ago. Now Activision is trying to claim our domain. We have created alternate domains (listed below) and kindly ask you to bookmark them. We hope and believe that our domain registrar will not succumb to this false accusation and that no judge in his right mind or even with basic democratic values ​​will approve it. ”

It remains to be seen whether Activision can collect the $14.5 million it owes the company, and what this mysterious statement means for the future of the cheating software.

Otherwise, it’s been a busy month for Activision, with anticipation growing for the company’s next installment in Call of Duty: Black Ops 6. More details about the Middle Eastern-set shooter are expected to be revealed after next month’s Xbox Game Show.

Image: Activision.

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