Blizzard been fighting them for years both ingame and in court Blizzard has emerged victorious in a long-running lawsuit against Bossland, a German company that creates cheats for online games.1As reported by TorrentFreak, the US court ruled that Bossland owed Blizzard $8,563,600 for 42,818 violations. Bossland would additionally have to pay $174,872 in Blizzard's legal fees.The ruling also prevents Bossland from selling its wares in the US. This includes hacks like Honorbuddy, Demonbuddy, Stormbuddy, Hearthbuddy, and Watchover Tyrant.Source: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-04-04-blizzard-wins-usd8-5m-lawsuit-against-cheat-makers
And thus absolutely nothing of value was lost.I'm not really sure how this is newsworthy but whatever.
It's not lies. I love Wowhead but I had to install an addblocker so I don't get continued disconnects from WOW when I visit their webpage. Not sure when it happened or why, but ever since a patch a year or two ago I had constant disconnects, was impossible to play because I got dcd every few minutes whenever I had my browser open and it's not just Wowhead. I had the issue with other webpages too, but now with my addblocker I don't have the issue anymore. I still get random dcs now and then, but not so many. So as much as I want to support the site, I can't allow adds to be shown.
Though I approve that these bots are going away and strictly are illegal in the game as per TOS... Why is it that boxers are still allowed to continue on? You are telling me that someone who has 3-5+ accounts running on a couple of computers doing PvP is not illegal? So you can have 5 Shamans healing and dpsing with maybe a Druid in there for tanking while programming into a bot/mod of which spells to use (while you are afk from that account) is clearly legal while the ones fighting against them get crushed, this make no sense. Ban them to.
If you read the company's explanation above as to why they are discontinuing their 'services,' it sounds like Blizzard has been challenging them in court for years, as well as having Blizzard employees hacking their cheatbot service/software somehow so it doesn't work right (entirely Blizzard's right to do, imho). So Blizzard's fighting their cheats all this time is finally having an effect - go Blizz!
No loss whatsoever. The ToS needs a no mercy update to deal with any scumbag using a bot program. Keep the game untainted for the legitimate players.
Its like nobody read the last sentence of what honorbuddy wrote.It's not over, they just cant sell a broken product in the state its in, they have no intentions on giving up.
Who the heck cares. Never heard of them.
Omg finally over, nice (y)
To those that wonder why cheaters would pay for a bot-program: it's probably a lot cheaper than buying a token that you can only sell once.
Most recently, this has been a non-issue.... ban waves had already decimated most of the populations of these players. Sadly, most of us probably even know someone who was either temporarily or permanently banned for doing this *cough* my last GM's husband *cough.* The news here is that after several years of trying to fight it, their income from the program has bottomed out to the point that they aren't making enough money to bother fighting it anymore.... further proof that Blizzard's ban waves have been effective. Overall, in the long term, I think this is going to have a positive impact on the economy, along with the wowtokens, which have pretty much decimated the gold-selling market. For those of you that don't have any idea what it did, it basically ran scripts of character actions such as following a certain path and farming herbs/ore, killing mobs along a certain path and looting certain items, constantly queueing you for BG's and running predictable fighting scripts (beating only the unskilled people in BG's) to earn honor, or even farming dungeons repeatedly for you. Hilariously, as many of you clearly don't know what you're talking about, it did not magically teleport you, give you flying before flying was available, etc... those are other (also illegal) exploits. That said, I'm really happy to see it go... IMO the biggest positive impact will be on the economy.... those BG'ers.... well.... there's always gonna be terrible players in there, haha.