Not on my Overwatch.
Blizzard has launched a lawsuit against a well-known Overwatch cheat-maker.
The cheat-maker specialises in creating monthly-subscription cheat services and bots on PC. The companyâ€™s Overwatch offerings include a bot that plays the game for you, and a program which alters the in-game environment so the player has an unfair advantage over non-cheaters.
According to TorrentFreak, Blizzard argues the sale of such add-ons will not only cost them millions of dollars, but will also cause damage to the Overwatch community as a whole.
â€œDefendantsâ€™ sale and distribution of the [the cheat company] 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.
â€œMoreover, by releasing â€˜Overwatch Cheatâ€™ just days after the release of â€˜Overwatch,â€™” reads the lawsuit, “Defendants are attempting to destroy or irreparably harm that game before it even has had a chance to fully flourish.â€
Blizzard goes on to mention that by letting this company continue with its cheat system, more people will feel as though theyâ€™re allowed to create unofficial mods that make the game easier.
â€œThey have done so by enabling and encouraging third-party â€˜freelancersâ€™ or contractors to fraudulently obtain access to the Blizzard Games and then, having done so, to engage in unauthorized reproduction of the Blizzard Games.
â€œThey also have done so by enabling users of the [the cheat company] (particularly the Overwatch Cheat) to use the software to create derivative works, such as the dynamic screen overlay generated by the Overwatch Cheat.â€
Weâ€™ve reached out to Blizzard for comment and will update should we hear back. In the meantime, if youâ€™re still on the fence about the newly-release shooter, our cheat-free Overwatch review has everything you need to know.
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