Activision goes to court to stop Call of Duty cheat software

A shot of the "3D radar" feature Activision is trying to stop with its lawsuit.

Enlarge / A shot of the “3D radar” feature Activision is trying to stop with its lawsuit.

Activision has filed a federal lawsuit against German cheat makers EngineOwning and associated individuals for “trafficking in technologies that circumvent or evade anti-cheat technologies used by Activision to protect the integrity of [Call of Duty] games.”

EngineOwning charges 13 euros per month or more for subscription access to individualized suites of cheating tools designed for Call of Duty games—and also Battlefield, Titanfall 2, and Star Wars Battlefront. The software promises abilities like automated aimbots, auto-firing triggerbots, “2D radar” that shows enemy locations on the HUD, and “3D radar” that can track and display opposing players even behind cover.

EO promises its software is undetectable by automated tools, including Activision’s recently launched Ricochet kernel-level anti-cheat tools. The software also includes built-in tools to make cheating less obvious to human moderators and recording software, making users “look like a legit player.” The company separately sells “hardware ID spoofer” software that promises to get around hardware-based bans in Call of Duty and other games.

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