Blizzard is attempting to sue a group of hackers for creating and profiting off Starcraft 2 mods.
The targets of Blizzards lawsuit are the people behind the ValiantChaos MapHack – a mod which give players an unfair advantage in the game, and is usually sold for $62.50 (±R648).
Blizzard has accused the hackers of “insidious and harmful practice of developing, distributing, and selling software products (sometimes referred to as ‘hacks’ or ‘cheats’) that modify or alter the online multiplayer component of Blizzard’s computer games to give their users an unfair competitive advantage against other players”.
“The harm to Blizzard from Defendants’ conduct is immediate, massive and irreparable. By distributing the Hacks to the public, Defendants irreparably harm the ability of Blizzard’s legitimate customers (i.e. those who purchase and use unmodified games) to enjoy and participate in the competitive online experience of StarCraft 2.”
The developer said this caused gamers to become dissatisfied with the game, and eventually loose interest in playing, which lead to a decrease in sales of the game and its expansion packs.
Blizzard is yet to comment on the pending lawsuit.