Cheating sucks. If you are playing a multiplayer game and someone is cheating, it ruins everything, leaving a sour taste in the mouth and playing that game is less desirable. Game companies know this, and they eventually sue the cheat makers and hackers that are making money in their games.
Now Bungie and Riot are teaming up for a single lawsuit against a cheat maker. The lawsuit mentions that both Destiny 2 and Valorant are free, meaning that Bungie and Riot earn money by selling virtual items for their games. Making money requires a large audience, and cheats hamper the experience that allows for player retention.
“A vital part of the player experience is the fairness and integrity of the Games, and thus Plaintiffs invest an enormous amount of time and money to ensure that all players stand on equal footing and have a fair chance of progressing in the Games.”
“If players perceive that others are cheating or have an unfair advantage, they will grow frustrated with the Games and stop playing. That, in turn, could disrupt and/or destroy the Games’ player communities and severely harm Plaintiffs’ ability to generate revenue and to maintain, improve, and expand the Games.”
The lawsuit was filed on January 8 and calls for the end of support for GatorCheats software, accounting of sales in the US, all proceeds from sales as well as damages and attorney fees.
The full lawsuit can be read on Polygon.