Bossland gives up on WoW’s Honorbuddy cheat following Blizzard’s 2017 court victories

    
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If you weren’t convinced that Blizzard defeated Bossland in its string of lawsuits already, you will be today. As The Nosy Gamer noticed, Bossland announced today that it’s ending sales for multiple hack, bot, and cheat programs that affected Blizzard games, including Honorbuddy (for World of Warcraft) and Hearthbuddy (for Hearthstone), though it looks as if Demonbuddy (Diablo III) will remain intact. Support for the discontinued cheats ends on December 31st.

The Bossland announcement is super classy, and by super classy, I mean not at all classy, as you might expect. The developers insist their paid cheat programs “provide no edge” and were intended to help time-starved players. They also claim Blizzard is winning only because of its supposed “decision to compromise the privacy of their players” by using checks that any studio that cares about cheating uses.

Blizzard had pursued Bossland for the last several years across multiple continents in an attempt to shut down the cheat programs, which Blizz argued violated its copyrights and cost it significant amounts of money to fight – money it was therefore not spending on its own games and customers. The drama finally culminated earlier this year in victories for Blizzard in a German Supreme Court ruling and a California federal court case, the latter of which awarded Blizzard $8.5M in statutory damages and legal fees – the minimum, as Blizzard didn’t push for more. Bossland’s owners did not appear in person to contest the suit or the ruling, though they did talk smack on the internet, which is sort of the same? No, maybe not.

Source: Bossland via Nosy Gamer. Thanks, Sally!

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Neiloch

Always the go to excuse with third party programs. They aren’t cheating or hurting the economy, and people ONLY use them because they have limited time or aren’t ‘social’ Despite the fact they are hurting other players, the economy, gaining an edge and still socialize with other people.

EverQuest II is an excellent example of what a developers stance of ‘dont ask, dont tell’ in regards to botting yields. They 100% have the ability to detect people using them and have proven it publicly twice, they just choose not to enforce it.

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Ben Stone

Good. Bots have made PvP in WoW a dull experience for far too long, from bot zergs in battlegrounds to arena bots with perfectly timed chain CC. Good riddance.

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Estranged

If you don’t have time to play the game…

Ummm, don’t play it.

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Robert Mann

Cheaters… still insisting that they are doing nothing wrong, despite those who suffer their harm.

Keep it to offline games people. That simple.

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Armsbend

*pours a 40oz of opossum urine*

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Darthbawl

Always found it funny that the people making the cheats and the cheaters using the cheats keep on believing really really really (did I mention really?) hard that they are doing nothing wrong, it’s all above board, legal, doesn’t hurt anyone, yadda yadda. It’s so predictable it’s funny.

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Armsbend

“But I just used it for some AFK Archaeology gold farming! No big deal!”

Except it drives up the cost of wow coins idiot.

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ThePhantasm

Sadly I don’t think this is completely the end of them. In their forum posts, one of the employees says that this is the current plan. I have a feeling they are going to be making a new program under a different name and going at it again.

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A Dad Supreme

Like a Boss.

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Bannex

What did this cheat do?

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Armsbend

Farm. Ran DPS macros. Etc.

I read a few posts of infractions for the lols when they last got busted by Blizz.

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Ben Stone

Basically played the game for you.

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starbuck1771

Good! Blizz should have just banned every player using it which would have been in their power for violating the terms of service. Not only hit the company supplying the cheats but the players using them.

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TheDonDude

They did. Big ban wave a while back.

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Armsbend

6 months to some 2 years for people.

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Neiloch

People forgot in those TOS there is always section that basically says they can ban you for any or no reason, are under no obligation to explain why and you forfeit all rights of legal reprisal.