The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (as first unearthed by Polygon) alleges that the defendants (including some “John Doe” defendants whose real names are unknown) allege that the defendants traffic in software that circumvents the game makers’ anti-cheat software for online play in both games.
“By this lawsuit, plaintiffs seek to put a stop to the unlawful, for-profit sale and distribution of malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain unfair competitive advantages (i.e., to cheat) in the games, and thereby impair and destroy plaintiffs’ games, plaintiffs’ overall business, and the experiences of the plaintiffs’ player community,” the complaint reads in part.
Bungie and Riot claim that the “sale and distribution of the cheating software” has caused them to suffer “irreparable damage to their goodwill and reputation and to lose millions of dollars in revenue.”
For Valorant, GatorCheats sells Gatorant, which costs $90 USD a month, $250 for three months, or $500 for a lifetime license. The software allows players to use cheats that can, for example, improve a player’s aim, or show an enemy’s locations, while playing online.
Bungie and Riot Games are seeking punitive damages, court costs, and “other equitable relief and punitive damages against defendants.” Besides damages, the plaintiffs’ main goal is to shut the operation down.