When I saw this story cross our news room, I immediately envisioned Guardians and Agents clapping hands together and very possibly pumping their arms as they prepare to fight against cheating software. That’s a bit like what Riot Games and Bungie have done as the two studios are joining forces to file a lawsuit against the creator of a cheating software suite for Valorant and Destiny 2.
The suit, which was filed this past Friday, is against Cameron Santos, the creator of GatorCheats, a cheating software that includes tools like an aimbot and the ability to see enemy health and equipment among other features. GatorCheats costs $90 a month or as much as $500 for lifetime access and has made Santos “tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars” according to the filing. The companies are seeking to shut down the software developer, access a full accounting of all sales and services for the software, and be awarded statutory and punitive damages.
This isn’t the first time that Bungie has attacked cheat software, as the studio had forced another cheat software maker to close up shop. As for Valorant, Riot Games has been fighting cheaters (and player perceptions) for some time in the shooter and was all too eager to join in the suit. “When we become aware of a cheat maker, you bet we’re going to go after them,” said a Riot spokesperson.