RuneScape developer Jagex Games Studios has a big smile on its face today following a recent court victory against RuneScape iBOT developer Impulse Software. According to todays press release, Jagex claimed victory in the court after a two-year battle that earned them a judgment against brothers Mark and Eric Snellman, who operated Impulse.
The court ordered the pair to pay Jagex an undisclosed sum in damaged and laid an injunction on them that prohibits them from developing any future botting software for any Jagex product or aiding others in doing so. The two have been placed under a gag order, which prevents them from speaking about Jagex, the lawsuit or RuneScape. The court also ordered that the Snellmans give up all their websites, domains, source code and customer details to Jagex along with a list of people that have developed or sold scripts for the iBOT.
Despite a setback in U.S. courts back in 2010, Jagex has managed to claim quite a major and costly victory, which CEO and CTO Mark Gerhard stated came at a seven figure price tag. Ouch.
Mark Gerhard, CEO & CTO of Jagex, stated: We began the legal action against the Snellmans over two years ago as a part of our ongoing commitment to ridding RuneScape of bots and gold farmers. Faced with this significant challenge we have continued to demonstrate that we will never shy away from difficult battles, we dont compromise on taking the right course of action and, regardless of the time, money or effort involved we always do what it takes in order to protect our community. He went on to say: We have spared no expense fighting this case, as demonstrated by the seven figure bill this action has cost, but the point of this and other cases of its kind, is that we will continue bring to justice those who set out to harm the game or our beloved community. We are delighted to say that we have convincingly neutered them after a very long battle.
Additional details along with court document snippets and an apology from Impulse are available on the RuneScape forums.
Stay tuned folks. Theres likely to be more to this once Jagex gets done with that list.
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