Ubisoft Is Suing A ‘Rainbow Six Siege’ Cheatmaker Who Appeared On The BBC
Making cheats and selling them is bad enough, but going on the BBC and admitting that you've done it is likely going to get you into trouble. That's exactly what's happened to one Netherlands-based cheatmaker who's been targeted in a lawsuit by Ubisoft.
You can watch the report below (or here if you're reading on mobile):
Ubisoft's lawsuit targets a number of people it says are making cheats for Rainbow Six Siege, accusing them trafficking in circumvention technology, unfair competition, and intentional interference with contractual relations. The lawsuit doesn't exactly name people, as in multiple cases Ubisoft only has their online handles and ten Doe defendants (defendants that can't be identified before the lawsuit is filed). However, they're all connected to MizuSoft, a company that makes and sells cheats.
The first defendant named in the filing, known as J. V. L., appeared in a segment on the BBC about people who make cheats. In the report, going by the false name of 'Lucas' , he admitted to making cheats and claimed that he made up to £1500 a week selling them. He told the reporter that "At first it was only a hobby but then I realised I could make a lot of money off it, because it's the only job I have".
Something that won't help his case, and Ubisoft brings up in the court case itself, is that J. V. L. knew what he was doing was against the law, as he said in the report that "If Ubisoft comes after you for copyright infringement, you're in for a tough time". He also claimed that his customers are in the top ranks of the game and "Apparently there are even a few people who use them in proper tournaments".
"By their conduct, Defendants have caused and continue to cause serious harm to the value of Ubisoft's games and to Ubisoft's online community," Ubisoft writes in the filing (via Torrent Freak). "Such harm is immediate, massive and irreparable".
Ubisoft is asking the court to shut down MizuSoft's operations; hand over all their software and materials, including their sales history and websites; and monetary damages.
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