A company that develops cheat codes for Destiny 2 has agreed to pay Bungie $13.5 million in damages in a move that will end a copyright infringement lawsuit.
The company has also agreed to a permanent injunction against the creation of any new cheating software for Destiny 2 or any other Bungie game.
As seen in court documents and a report from TorrentFreak, Bungie accused Canadian cheats company Elite Boss Tech of violating Destiny 2’s user agreement with its software, as well as costing the developer “exorbitant amounts of money” in developing anti-cheat technology. Bungie also noted that Elite Boss Tech’s software disrupted player experiences and damaged Destiny 2’s reputation, which in turn threatened the game’s commercial viability.
While Elite Boss Tech argues that it never copied Destiny 2 code and that some of Bungie’s claims were based on unenforceable statements from its Limited Software License Agreement, the cheats company has agreed to pay $13.5 million in damages and agree to never create Destiny 2 cheats again. The $13.5m was calculated based on the number of times Elite Boss Tech’s cheating software was downloaded; 6,765 times, with a penalty of $2,000 each.
“This permanent injunction is binding against Defendants worldwide, without regard to the territorial scope of the specific intellectual property rights asserted in the Complaint and may be enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction wherever Defendants or their assets may be found,” the settlement said.
“Any violations of this order by Defendants will subject them to the full scope of this Court’s contempt authority, including punitive, coercive, and monetary sanctions.”
Bungie isn’t the only company going after cheat companies. Activision recently filed a lawsuit against a Call of Duty cheat distributor. Riot, along with Bungie, also filed a lawsuit against GatorCheats last year. PUBG Mobile’s developer recently won $10m in damages from a cheat creator, too.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Features Editor.