Activision suing COD cheat provider

Activision suing COD cheat provider

US publishing giant Activision is taking cheat provider EngineOwning to court.

The firm is suing the German exploit maker in the US District Court for the Central District of California due to its creation of cheats and hacks for titles including its own Call of Duty franchise. Exploits provided include aimbots and automatic firing, as well as the ability for users to see where other players are.

Call of Duty is just one game that EngineOwning makes cheats for; others include Battlefield V, Halo Infinite, Splitgate and Titanfall 2. The firm is also reportedly working on cheats for Overwatch.

Activision is asking that the court rule that EngineOwning and its cheats are shut down and that all copies of these exploits are provided to the company to be destroyed. Furthermore, the publisher is seeking "exemplary and punitive damages".

Activision has become increasingly aggressive when it comes to combating cheaters within its games, including Call of Duty. In October 2021, the firm revealed its new kernel anti-cheat, Richochet, and to date it has banned more than 500,000 accounts from its Warzone battle royale mode.

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