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.