Destiny 2 Cheat Maker and Bungie Agree on $13.5 Million Settlement

Bungie’s War on Destiny 2 cheats eventually saw some success, as one of the defendants eventually admitted to wrongdoing and agreed to settle for $13.5 million.

Elite Boss Tech cheat has been selling Destiny 2 cheats on their website. When Bungie was notified, a lawsuit followed soon after and thus began the developer’s legal crusade against the cheating vendor. Now it looks like the seller has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to a massive settlement.

According TorrentFreak, Robert James Duthie Nelson, owner of Elite Boss Tech and others involved have admitted to the charges against them. They also admitted to deliberately circumventing Destiny 2’s technological measures that were in direct violation of the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions. Additionally, they also admitted that the cheats provided added a “graphic overlay” that was directly integrated into Destiny 2’s copyrighted code. This created an “unlicensed derivative work”, which was also a violation mentioned in the lawsuit. .

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The case revealed that cheat software for Destiny 2 has been downloaded 6765 times. Considering that each download was considered a separate individual violation of the anti-circumvention provisions, the cheater was charged $2,000 per violation, which equals $13,530,000.

It’s a big win for Bungie given that a court recently dismissed its claims against one of the piracy providers, AimJunkies, owned by Phoenix Digital Group. While there is still work to be done on that front, this victory only strengthens the developer’s position against cheat makers. Bungie has also teamed up with developers Riot and Ubisoft to crack down on cheat software developers.

Bungie has integrated BattleEye Anti-Cheat into Destiny 2 to counter hackers ruining the game experience for everyone. While this may have been quite successful since reports of PvP modes being hacked have dwindled, there are still other hack makers to take down.

Elite Boss Tech has also agreed to never infringe Bungie’s copyrighted material again. Hopefully there will be similar results in its legal battle against other cheat makers as well.

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