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Blizzard suing creators of  StarCraft II  cheat pack
Blizzard suing creators of StarCraft II cheat pack
May 21, 2014 | By Christian Nutt

Blizzard is suing the creators of the "ValiantChaos MapHack" program -- a cheat tool that allows players of StarCraft II to see information they wouldn't usually have access to, including data that would be excluded by fog-of-war and otherwise invisible to them.

Blizzard argues that the parties responsible -- which are currently unknown to it -- are violating copyright law to make the pack available, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act as well as state law.

"Defendants have infringed Blizzard’s copyrights in StarCraft II, including by reproducing and adapting StarCraft II without authorization," the complaint alleges. It also alleges that players who use the hack package infringe Blizzard's copyright in the game, which matters inasmuch as they are enabled to do so by the defendants.

The catch? Blizzard is unable to identify the names of the defendants. The hope is that this will change if the lawsuit allows the company to gain access to pertinent data during the discovery process, however.

"Unfortunately, the gaming experience of legitimate players of StarCraft II is under near constant attack by cheaters, scammers, and other wrongdoers seeking to exploit StarCraft II for their own illegitimate ends. For this reason, Blizzard seeks to protect the sanctity of the StarCraft II gaming experience through both technical and contractual measures," the complaint against ValiantChaos says in part.

The pack is available via the ValiantChaos Forums, which requires registration and a $62.50 "donation" to gain access to its VIP area and download the MapHack software.

Blizzard's complaint was first uncovered by TorrentFreak; you can read it on Kotaku. This thread on Blizzhackers lists the advantages to players who use the ValiantChaos MapHack.

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John Flush
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Why not just force it to be an IAP and demand a cut. That is what everyone else would do. /sarcasm

Daniel Burke
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I hope Blizzard wins this. As both a game developer AND game player players hacking and exploiting multiplayer games is sickening.

Nail their balls to a bright red chair then put a raging bull in the room IMO.

Wylie Garvin
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I hope Blizzard loses this hard, because they are trying to twist copyright law in ways that we all might regret. You buy a game, break the EULA and Blizzard can then revoke your license and go after you for copyright infringement? That is absurd and I have always been offended that Blizzard took that stance. Its a thuggish abuse of the legal system.

Yes, cheaters are a plague on your paying customers who want a fair arena to play in. Developers should use technical measures against them (detect and ban them) but leave the lawyers out of it.