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Activision has filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California against cheat distributor EngineOwning.
As spotted by The edge, Activision has filed its trial against EngineOwning on January 4 as part of a larger campaign to limit and shut down software that allows players to cheat in Call of Duty: Warzone and other games released by the publisher.
In the lawsuit, EngineOwning is described as an “online business enterprise consisting of a German business entity and numerous individuals” and is accused of engaging in “the development, sales, distribution, marketing and exploitation of a portfolio of cheaters and malicious hacks. for popular online multiplayer games. ”
In filing a lawsuit, Activision said it seeks to “put an end to the illegal behavior of an organization that distributes and sells for profit a number of malware products designed to allow members of the public to obtain unfair competitive advantages (i.e. cheating) in COD Games. “The lawsuit goes on to state that” ongoing activities are detrimental to Activision’s games, its overall business and the community’s experience of COD players “.
According to the allegations made in the lawsuit, the cheating software in question allows players to “manipulate CoD games to their personal advantage, for example by automatically aiming weapons, revealing the location of opponents and allowing the player to see information which is not normally available to players as this would give them an unfair advantage in the game. “
The clean of the engine website states that he offers “cheat software for various multiplayer games” because he believes that “everyone should have the opportunity to win and enjoy online matches”. As well as including cheat subscription services for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone, the site also lists cheats for a range of other games, including CoD Vanguard, Halo Infinite, Battlefield 5, Splitgate and more. .
Activision’s efforts to curb cheaters within its Call of Duty titles have intensified in recent months. In October, the publisher announced Richocet, a kernel-level anti-cheat system for the franchise, which was then rolled out in December alongside Warzone’s switch to a new map.
For more on Call of Duty, be sure to check out this article on how Warzone accidentally added a skin that can make players almost completely invisible.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.