Over the years, we have seen an increasing number of large video game publishers taking legal action against cheat makers for harming the integrity of an online multiplayer game. Recently, the BBC released a video interviewing a masked teenager who claims to have developed cheats for Rainbow Six Siege. Now, Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against them and several other people associated with him.
While appearing in the interview from September, the 17-year old cheat maker left most of his face covered and wore a hat to obscure his identity. He was also interviewed under the alias ‘Lucas’ in an effort to further protect his identity. However, that doesn’t appear to have helped, as Ubisoft has now filed a lawsuit against him, his mother and other people associated with the cheat project.
We will avoid using full names here but you can view the full Ubisoft complaint filing in PDF form thanks to TorrentFreak. The cheat in question has been known as ‘CheapBoost’ and ‘Budget Edition Rainbow Six: Siege Cheat’, allowing players to increase damage from shots and use ESP features to see areas that should be obscured.
The lawsuit itself lists two business entities, the individual cheat maker, his mother, alleged support staff for the cheat and resellers. Not all identities are known at the moment, so a few people are listed only by their online alias, with names to be added later after further investigation.
According to Ubisoft’s complaint, the cheat here was sold via the business entity ‘Mizusoft’ with payment services allegedly handled by Simply San Webdesign. These two entities were allegedly set up to avoid individual legal responsibility for supplying and profiting from the cheat. The cheat itself was very expensive, costing 11.99 euros per day, 29.99 euros per week or 69.99 euros per month.
Currently, Ubisoft is requesting that all profits generated by the cheat be turned over, which could end up being hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ubisoft also makes a claim that it should be entitled to maximum statutory damages of $25,000 per each breach of the DMCA. Beyond that, Ubisoft also wants all legal costs to be re-paid by the defendants.
KitGuru Says: It will be a while before this case makes its way through the court process but this is a pretty big one. Ubisoft was likely aware of the cheat being sold prior to the BBC interview, although that video likely went a long way towards helping the publisher identify defendants for the lawsuit.