'League Of Legends' Developer Riot Games Wins Settlement From Cheating Lawsuit

By Michael Augustin , Updated Mar 07, 2017 03:54 AM EST
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Gamers playing "League of Legends" have previously voiced out their concerns about the rampant cheating in the game. But recent reports have pointed out that most players have noticed a reduction in the number of reports of cheaters playing the MOBA. It seemed that the reason for the drop was Riot Games' settlement victory over the subscription cheating service provider, LeagueSharp. The LOL developer reportedly received a settle amount of $10 million.

According to Dot Esports, the game developer has also won a court order ban and control over the cheating service's websites. The studio reportedly claimed that the cheating tools used by the service violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by sidestepping the game's anti-cheating programs. Moreover, the online cheat service allegedly stole the personal information of one of the developer's employees.

It was noted that LeagueSharp supposedly created a Peruvian shell company to apparently secure its copyrights with the intention to prevent legal action from Riot Games. The yearly service reportedly costs $15 in order for them to install a script into "League of Legends", which is followed by their bot service that requires a $50 monthly fee. Kotaku reports that the whole package helps the player's character to level up faster than regular players.

The cheat provider was also reportedly teaching players how to avoid detection while they are cheating in the game. Additionally, they also instructed gamers how to dispute in-game transactions fraudulently. These practices obviously led the developer to file a lawsuit against their company last year. It was reportedly filed last August of 2016.

However, sources believed that this recent turn of events will not entirely stop players from "League of Legends". However, it will hopefully discourage individuals that plan to earn money through cheat services. LeagueSharp has reportedly earned over a thousand dollars monthly with their botting services.

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