Activision and Infinity Ward's free-to-play Call of Duty Battle Royale, Warzone, has been, by all accounts, a massive success. Well, by all accounts except one, perhaps - the prevalence of cheating and cheaters.
Now, as Warzone players have become more and more frustrated, Activision has taken legal action against at least one of the companies building and distributing Warzone cheats. It turns out those terms of service (and all that copyright law) are good for something after all.
War. War never cheats...in Virtual Legality.
#CallofDuty #Warzone #Cheaters
Discussed in this episode:
"Cheat seller ceases Call of Duty hacks following Activision lawsuit"
PC Gamer - August 30, 2020 - Jonathan Bolding
"Activision suing popular hacking installation website"
Reddit Thread - August 30, 2020
Activision Website - Updated January 6, 2017
"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Security and Enforcement Policy"
Activision Website - October 24, 2019
"Exclusive rights in copyrighted works"
17 USC 106
"Reading Final Fantasy VII's Streaming Restrictions (VL199)"
YouTube Video - March 31, 2020 - Hoeg Law
"Infinity Ward Addresses Warzone's Biggest Questions - Duos, Season 4, and More"
COD Tracker Website - May 3, 2020
"Warzone players remain frustrated by cheaters even after Infinity Ward asked everyone to please stop cheating"
PC Gamer - August 2020 - Aron Garst
"Circumvention of copyright protection systems"
17 USC 1201
"Criminal offenses and penalties"
17 USC 1204
17 USC 1203
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