In a positive development for the gaming community, and for lovers of Call of Duty games in particular, Activision has filed a lawsuit against a well-known Call of Duty (COD) hack seller. This is a huge move on the part of the game developer, and it could have positive, far-reaching implications for the game.
Activision files lawsuit against cheatcode developing website
Activision has been working to improve its anti-cheat systems, especially with the release of Caldera, since numerous players and content creators have complained regarding the sheer number of hackers in Warzone. But hackers have always remained one step ahead. The creators of Call of Duty are now bringing the problem to court because there is seemingly no other way to resolve it.
On January 4th, Activision filed a lawsuit against the German website EngineOwning in the US District Court for the Central District of California. For a fee, the website gives cheats for numerous Call of Duty games. Activision claims that the cheaters present in the game have resulted in significant financial and reputational damage.
“By this lawsuit, Activision seeks to put a stop to unlawful conduct by an organization that is distributing and selling for profit numerous malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain unfair competitive advantages (i.e., to cheat) in the COD Games,” Activision wrote. “These ongoing activities damage Activision’s games, its overall business, and the experience of the COD player community.”
Activision spokesperson mentioned regarding the lawsuit filed by the company.
With all of the Call Of Duty games, hacking has been a persistent and severe concern. Many players have expressed their dissatisfaction with the hacker situation on numerous occasions. The hacking problem has persisted through multiple incarnations, and it has gotten worse in the days following the introduction of the popular Call of Duty Warzone.
“Engaged in the development, sale, distribution, marketing, and exploitation of a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks for popular online multiplayer games, most prominently the [Call of Duty] games.”
states the lawsuit made by Activision regarding EngineOwning‘s selling of hacks that can be used in Call of Duty games. The website sells paid hacks for almost every PC game under the Call of Duty title, along with other popular video game series such as the Halo Infinite, Titanfall, and the Battlefield series.
Given that EngineOwning publicly advertises their product on their website, this is accurate. For €4.99 for three days or €139.99 for 90 days, COD hacks are accessible. They claim that the cheats enable players to employ auto-aiming, auto-firing, and enemy position knowledge, among other things, in Call of Duty.
Hacks and cheats have always plagued Call of Duty. This has hindered player enjoyment greatly. Anti-hacking measures are being implemented quickly, but game companies should also take efforts like this lawsuit. The legal process can target the source of a problem and encourage other game developers to follow suit.