Bungie Triumphs in Lawsuit Against Another Cheat Distributor, Awarded $12 Million

Bungie, the developer of the popular game Destiny, has won another lawsuit against cheat-seller Mihai Claudiu-Florentin, also known as VeteranCheats. The lawsuit, which was filed back in 2021, has ruled in favor of Bungie, resulting in Claudiu-Florentin being ordered to pay $12 million to the game developer.

The Lawsuit: Copyright Infringement and Breach of Contract

Bungie had been seeking $11,696,000 in damages based on the DMCA breaches, asking for $2000 for each of the 5848 downloads that Claudiu-Florentin profited from, as well as $146,662.28 for “actual damages” caused by copyright infringement, with $217,250.70 in attorney fees on top of that. The court has granted Bungie’s request, stating that the developer provided enough evidence for its allegations of copyright infringement and breach of contract.

The Ruling And Award

“The Court finds that default judgment is appropriately entered in Bungie’s favor as to all but the CPA claim,” reads the court documents, referring to the Consumer Protection Act. “The Court finds that damages shall be entered in the amount of: (1) $11,696,000 for violations of the DMCA; (2) $146,662.28 for violations of the Copyright Act; and (3) $217,250.70 in attorneys’ fees and in costs. The total award shall be entered in the amount of $12,059,912.98.”

As a result of the ruling, Claudiu-Florentin is not only required to pay $12 million in damages, but a permanent injunction has also been made against him. This injunction means that he cannot engage in any activities that might violate Bungie’s copyright.

Bungie’s Previous Victory Against Cheat-Seller

This is not the first time Bungie has won a lawsuit against cheat-sellers. In February 2021, the developer was awarded $4.3 million in damages and fees for a lawsuit against cheat-seller AimJunkies. Bungie is taking a firm stance against cheating, and these lawsuits reflect the company’s commitment to protecting the integrity of its games.

The Importance Of Fair Play In Gaming

With the rise of online gaming, cheating has become a widespread issue that developers and gamers alike are battling. Cheating in a game can cause serious harm to its community, from ruining the gaming experience for other players to undermining the developer’s efforts to create a balanced and fair playing field.

For this reason, it’s crucial that developers take a firm stance against cheating, and the victories Bungie has achieved in these lawsuits serve as a warning to those who would cheat in their games. Cheating is a violation of the developers’ intellectual property rights, and it undermines the integrity of the gaming community as a whole.

The Future Of Gaming

As more and more gamers play online, the issue of cheating will continue to be a problem. However, with the help of legal action, developers can protect their games and ensure that fair play remains central to the gaming experience. The victories that Bungie has achieved against cheat-sellers demonstrate that the company will do whatever it takes to maintain a level playing field for its gamers, and other developers are likely to follow suit.

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