Activision ramps up lawsuit against prolific Warzone hacking company

Liam Mackay
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Alongside launching the RICOCHET anti-cheat to combat cheaters, Activision began a lawsuit against one of the most infamous Call of Duty cheat sellers back in January 2022. The lawsuit has ramped up over the past couple of months, asking the court to require that all of the seller’s revenue be handed over to Activision.

Cheating was a major issue back when Warzone first launched back in 2020, so Activision launched their very own RICOCHET anti-cheat with a kernel-level driver alongside Vanguard. This advanced anti-cheat messes with cheaters in a number of ways such as nerfing their weapons and turning other players invisible.

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Even with RICOCHET, it appears that hacking in Warzone and Call of Duty has remained an ongoing battle, with Activision ramping up their lawsuit against prolific cheat and hack seller EngineOwning.

In an update filed in September 2022, Activision reiterated their desire to put a stop to the “unlawful conduct” from the cheat seller that’s “distributing and selling for profit numerous malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain unfair competitive advantages.”

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Ramping up the lawsuit, Activision have identified the names and owners of the company and asked the court to shut down the cheating software and deliver “all copies of materials that infringe or violate any of Activision’s rights” to the Call of Duty publisher for “impoundment or destruction.”

That’s not all though, as the publisher has also requested that the court requires the cheat seller to hand the money earned on all cheat sales over to Activision.

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Activision accuses the cheat seller of violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO, as well as breaking DMCA.

RICOCHET anti-cheat will also be available in both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 at launch, with the developers promising an “upgraded and improved” version.

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Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].