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Blizzard Sues StarCraft II Hack Developers

By Stacy Jones -

Blizzard dropped the banhammer on over 5,000 StarCraft II accounts earlier this month, but the developer is taking its fight against hacking right to the source. GameSpot recently discovered that Blizzard has filed suit against three programmers that it alleges developed and sold hacks for the popular RTS. The lawsuit states, "Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience. In fact, on the very day that Starcraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that 'our staff is already planning new releases for this game."

The suit names two Canadian programmers, "Permaphrost" and "Cranix," and a Peruvian, "Linuxawesome", and others, but the actual identities of the parties were not disclosed. Blizzard is alleging copyright infringement and seeking damages and disgorgement of any profits obtained through the sale of the hacks as well as the defendants pulling their programs.

In the meantime, hack developers and users should beware.

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