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Posted by Raine Hutchens on Oct 19, 2010

Blizzard Is Up In Arms Against Starcraft II Hackers

It looks like Blizzard is taking action against the groups responsible for selling hacking software that’s being used in Starcraft II’s online multiplayer modes.

The company filed a lawsuit earlier this month in a California court. The defendants include three programmers that Blizzard accuses of developing and selling/distributing hacking software that is designed to modify Starcraft II.

The lawsuit states that, “Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience.”

Blizzard has even begin to suspend and ban players who are using such hacks/software. The company announced that they have caught over 5,000 players cheating online already. Blizzard also says that these hacks violate the game’s End User License Agreement, which all players must agree to before they are allowed to play online.

Blizzard continues to say in the suit:

“Unfortunately, the gaming experience of legitimate players of StarCraft II is under near constant attack by cheaters, scammers, and other wrongdoers seeking to exploit StarCraft II for their own illegitimate ends. For this reason, Blizzard seeks to protect the sanctity of the StarCraft II gaming experience through both contractual and technical measures.”

Blizzard is shooting to stop the defendants from selling/distributing the hacking software, shutting down their websites, and for other monetary relief.

It’s issues like this that make me ask, why cheat? Seriously, do players out there really need to risk so much just to gain something in a game which they cannot attain themselves, especially in multiplayer?

What are your thoughts?

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