Bungie and Ubisoft recently filed a lawsuit against people they claim are using Ring-1, a website that makes and sells cheats for various games such as Destiny 2, PUBG, and Rainbow Six Siege… Both companies claim a variety of wrongs, including copyright infringement, and are claiming potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation for damages and site closures.
As noted TorrentFreak earlier this weekThe lawsuit was filed in California District Court on July 23. Bungie and Ubisoft said the lawsuit, which ccan be seen here TorrentFreakthat Ring-1 “… has caused and continues to cause enormous and irreparable damage to Plaintiffs and their business interests.” As stated in the lawsuit, these cheats, which are sold on Ring-1, can ruin the “experience” of playing online games. The lawsuit also mentions that “… cheaters illegally receive and thereby devalue game rewards that non-cheaters legally receive.”
Ubisoft claims in the lawsuit that these cheats could also trigger Rainbow Six Siege players get discouraged and stop playing, which may “disrupt R6S communities and make the game dry up and die. ” In addition, both companies claim that Ring-1 and those who operate it “trade in circumvention devices in violation of the DMCA.”
The lawsuit lists several individuals that the gaming companies claim to operate, maintain, or have direct ties to Ring-1 and its fraudulent business. Among the named defendants is Jonathan Aguedo (Overpowered)., Andrew Thorpe (Crypto), Libam Mohammed (Grizzly) and Ahmad Mohammed. The lawsuit also mentions a variety of other people associated with Ring-1 who are either not specifically named or are listed only by their online usernames. Bungie and Ubisoft plan to amend the lawsuit when and if companies can trace the true identities of these people.
The cheats sold on Ring-1 are quite expensive, with some Destiny 2 cheats like aiming cost players € 30 (about $ 35) per week, or double that per month. It is believed that the sellers and creators of cheats can make hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit by selling these cheats.
The lawsuit also mentions the unauthorized use of various copyrighted images and trademark logos on the Ring-1 website. (I will not link to it here because I do not want to support cheaters, but I looked at the site and yes, it is pasted on this material. I very much doubt that the people running this site had permission or licenses to use any – either of these images or logos.)
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As a result of all this, Bungie and Ubisoft want the website, all rogue software sold, and all Ring-1 services shut down. The companies also say they are entitled to “monetary compensation, injunctive relief and other remedies, and penalties.”
Or in other words: they want money from these scammers.
This isn’t the first time Bungie or Ubisoft have targeted cheat vendors and producers. Back in October last year, Bungie shut down Fate defraud the site with termination and abstinence… And this January Bungie and Riot Sued Another Site who sold cheat programs for games like Valor and Destiny 2.
Cheat makers keep improving their software and online games and cross-platform games are becoming more and more popularit looks like the war between cheaters, gamers and developers is just beginning. I foresee many more lawsuits and litigation in the future.