Blizzard awarded $8.5M in Bossland WoW and Overwatch bot lawsuit

German bot company Bossland has lost another battle in its war with Blizzard, though that’s to be expected since it didn’t even show up for the fight.

Bossland creates, distributes, and sells bots for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, HearthStone, Heroes of the Storm, and Diablo III, which Blizz argues violates its copyrights and costs it exorbitant amounts of money to fight in-game and out. In May of 2015, Bossland convinced a German court to deny Blizzard’s request for an injunction against it, which prompted Blizzard to sue Bossland’s American contractor in a California federal court. That led Bossland to absurdly accuse Blizzard of copyright infringement for its acquisition of the Heroes of the Storm bot’s source code. Last year, Blizzard sued Bossland again in a California court over its many hacks, as of March seeking the minimum $8.5M in damages, and this past January, Blizzard scored a win against the botmakers in a German Supreme Court ruling, which overturned lower court rulings to determine that Bossland’s HonorBuddy bot program for World of Warcraft is in fact in violation of anti-competition laws.

Bossland has previously boasted of the number of suits lodged against it and insisted on its legal righteousness, but we’re guessing the owners aren’t laughing now, as TorrentFreak reports that the California court awarded Blizzard $8,740,235.41 in statutory damages and legal fees. Bossland did not appear in court to contest the suit or the ruling, making it a bit of a cakewalk for Blizzard, which itself could have demanded significantly more in damages but chose to stick to the minimum, likely because it was mainly after the ruling and Bossland doesn’t have that kind of dough.

Indeed, Bossland has been ordered by the court to cease sale and distribution of everything relating to its video game cheats in the US, so that’s a relief for legit players in North America.

According to TorrentFreak, Bossland CEO Zwetan Letschew claims his company will “continue the legal battle after the issue of a default judgment.” OK dude. You’ll see them in court. Right.

Source: Case 8:16-cv-01236-DOC-KES via TorrentFreak via The BBC. Cheers, Jim!
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Bruno Brito

Oh yeah. When a shady company who fucks people fun/life’s goes under and their CEO can’t buy a fucking hotdog on the streets, i get happy.

Enjoy living with the bare minimum that a person can live, you scum.

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elitefunnew9

go blizzard kick those hacker ass

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mcsleaz

If only other companies would go after bot makers instead of turning a blind eye.
Ya, I’m looking at you AA & BDO.

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Grave Knight

Literally the only reason they can do this is because of a law change in S.Korea that allows companies to attack hackers directly. That being said, AA and BDO are Korean companies so they should also be taking full advantage of this law.

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rafael12104

Old Bossland made one big mistake. The didn’t show. It’s a default judgement which brings the Feds right into the mix. They don’t pay, and can’t come up with just cause for not appearing and guess what? It won’t be Blizz that will come knocking on their door. And, btw, it won’t matter if they are in Germany.

What a bunch of idiots. LOL!

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rafael12104

Lol! Awesome sauce.

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MesaSage

All those discount lawyers in L.A. and they didn’t even show up? Seems like they could have settled it for some swag and eats.

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starbuck1771

You are welcome Bree.

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Robert Mann

Good for you German Courts.

To be honest, I think this is going to come to a head sooner rather than later. These international problems, and the lack of any ability to counter nations who just ignore fair play… it will lead to some very interesting actions I am thinking. I would not be surprised to see some form of isolation of access put into place with data lines going to/from certain nations out of it. *At least, I’d rather see that than war.*

Simply put, the issue is a massive one in terms of economics for those nations who are, in effect, being given the cold shoulder by other nations in terms of following these rules. *Sorry China, but you really stand at the pinnacle of being bad here.*

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starbuck1771

It wasn’t the German court it was a California court here in the U.S. that nailed them for the 8.5 mil

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Godnaz

Wish Rockstar would take notes and do this with GTA5. Modders almost every session. Some sell ingame currency on the spot. Send help please!

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Paul Nettle

Good for Bliz – glad to see them do something about this kind of thing.