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Blizzard Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against German-based Bossland GMBH over copyright infringement related the “Watchover Tyrant” Overwatch cheat as reported by TorrentFreak.

Watchover Tyrant is marketed as an “ESP Advantage for Overwatch“. It permits players to see health, position, and other critical information of both friendly and opposing players alike regardless of distance. The cheat includes measures to get around Blizzard’s “Warden” cheat detection system.

A central component of Blizzard’s claim is that the engineering of the cheats would have necessitated breaching the End-User License Agreement that all players must agree to before starting Overwatch. Specifically, it addresses provisions against “Cheating” and creating “Derivative Works”. The “Derivative Works” in this case refer to the on-screen overlay that is activated while Watchover Tyrant is running.

Blizzard’s claim also states that breaching of Overwatch’s EULA is encouraged by Bossland. Bossland has stated that they are working on engineering new systems to circumvent Blizzard’s Warden detection system following recent ban waves which affected thousands of players using cheats or exploits in Overwatch.

Additionally, Blizzard’s claim states that they believe that Watchover Tyrant is having an effect on their revenue:

Defendants’ sale and distribution of the Bossland Hacks in the United States has caused Blizzard to lose millions or tens of millions of dollars in revenue, and to suffer irreparable damage to its goodwill and reputation. Moreover, by releasing “Overwatch Cheat” just days after the release of “Overwatch,” Defendants are attempting to destroy or irreparably harm that game before it even has had a chance to fully flourish.

The case (which can be viewed in full as a PDF here) was filed on July 1, 2016 at the Central District Court of California. Blizzard is seeking damages for copyright infringement as well as the termination of any and all existing hacks created by Bossland.

Bossland GMBH has a blog post referring to the case. In it, they optimistically state that they feel Blizzard Entertainment can not sue them in California court as they do not have a business presence in that state. Bossland GMBH is currently engaged in multiple legal battles against Blizzard Entertainment in German courts. One case involves the “Honorbuddy” World of Warcraft bot and another is a personal liability case. Both will be heard October 6th, by Germany’s highest non-constitutional court, the Federal Court of Justice.

Blizzard Entertainment lost a court case to Bossland GMBH over a Heroes of the Storm bot earlier this year and was ordered to pay their legal costs.

What do you think of Blizzard Entertainment’s legal case against Bossland GMBH? Do you think more companies should utilize the court system to prosecute cheat and bot makers in a similar manner? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Daryl Corey

    good work blizzard go get em

  • John

    Is Heroes of the Storm still around? It’s that dota “clone” that’s made by blizzard right? Hardly heard about the game anymore, wonder how it’s been doing nowadays.

  • BurntToShreds

    Blizzard is well within their rights to sue these people into the ground.

  • You realize that DOTA stands for ‘Defense of the Ancients’ – a mod for Warcraft 3, which is a Blizzard game… right?

    Technically speaking, DOTA2 (which stands for nothing, according to Valve) was the clone of a Blizzard game’s mod marketed as it’s own game.

    But to answer your question: Yes, it’s the MOBA game Blizzard made to compete with LoL and DOTA2 built off the SC2 engine.

  • Reptile

    If you spell this article title fast enough it sounds like a remix.
    Over Overwatch Watchover over over.

  • m-p{3}

    Doesn’t mean it will happen though. And even if they win, they might disappear for a little while then come back, kinda like how Slysoft came back as RedFox.

  • Farwin

    It’s got a dedicated fanbase. They keep releasing new heroes for it, so it must be doing well enough to keep production going. I expect a resurgence once once the “new game” factor of Overwatch wears off.

  • John

    You talk as if Blizzard created the original DOTA mod, i mean wtf? It’s a mod for Warcraft 3 made by a bunch of creative people that does not work in Blizzard. Dota started all of these crazy MOBA phenomenon. Blizzard was blind to it until other companies showed interest and decide to make their own MOBA games.

    Out of all these flavors, why do you decide to be salty? I don’t get it.

  • SevTheBear

    Only the weak goes for cheating in online games

  • It was a nightmare to try to come up with it. I gots me some real bad semantic satiation. @_@

  • Reptile

    Now we need a video “Watch our cover over Overwatch’s lawsuit over Watchover!”

  • Reptile

    Can’t they sue because the said cheat-makers are using Overwatch trademark to promote their cheat software?

  • Bruce_Leet

    hmmm can you elaborate?

    why would a EULA not be binding if a user clicked it?

    there are credit card companies that use EULA’s to implement paperless statements as just one example… were such a EULA not legally airtight there would be severe liabilities for such companies… so I can’t see how a EULA doesn’t hold??

    is there a specific legal concept which voids EULA’s somehow?

    what I am seeking is the root legal concept at work… like you know how there is “discovery”, “jurisdiction”, etc… what legal concept is preventing EULA’s from being enforced?

    thank you for any information given 🙂

    P.S. in re-reading what you said it sounds like the reason is that EULAs don’t always align with actual laws… so now it is starting to make more sense what you said 🙂

    although I could have sworn that reverse engineering is illegal under actual laws?

    and in order to make these cheats, Bossland GMBH engaged in reverse engineering?