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Activision has filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California against the fraudulent distributor EngineOwning.
As seen by The Verge, Activision filed its lawsuit against EngineOwning on January 4 as part of a broader push to limit and shut down software that allows players to cheat on Call of Duty: Warzone and other games released by the publisher.
The lawsuit describes EngineOwning as a “commercial online business consisting of a German business unit and several individuals” and is accused of participating in the “development, sale, distribution, marketing and exploitation of a portfolio of malicious scammers and hacks for popular online multiplayer games. . ”
By bringing the case, Activision says it seeks to “put an end to illegal conduct by an organization that distributes and sells several malicious software products at a profit, designed to enable the public to gain unfair competitive advantage (ie, to cheat). .) and COD Games. ” The case goes on to state that the “ongoing activities harm Activision’s game, its overall business and the COD player’s experience.”
According to claims made in the lawsuit, the cheating software in question allows players to “manipulate the CoD games to their personal advantage, such as by automatically aiming weapons, revealing the location of opponents and allowing the player to see information that is not normally available. for players because it would give them an unfair advantage in the game. “
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EngineOwning’s own website states that it offers “cheat software for various multiplayer games”, as it believes that “everyone should have the opportunity to win and enjoy online battles”. In addition to including cheat subscription services for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, the site also shows cheat codes for a number of other games, including CoD Vanguard, Halo Infinite, Battlefield 5, Splitgate and more.
Activision’s efforts to curb scammers within their Call of Duty titles have increased over the past few months. In October, publisher Richocet announced a core-level anti-cheat system for the franchise, which was then rolled out in December along with Warzone’s move to a new card.
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For more on Call of Duty, be sure to check out this article that describes how Warzone has accidentally added a skin that can make players almost completely invisible.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.