As games became more advanced in the 1980s, players began to look for an edge. Gen Xers and older Millennials will remember buying up Nintendo Power strategy guides so that they could get a bit further in their favorite games.
But as gaming technology has become more state-of-the-art, so have cheating methods. And some companies have figured out how to make money off of this, and EngineOwning is one of the biggest. Not the outlet is being sued by Activision.
EngineOwning is best known for creating ways to rig Call of Duty games. According to PCGamer, “EngineOwning offers subscriptions that bundle together cheats including aimbots, wallhacks, radar, triggerbots (which shoot automatically when aiming at a player, or optionally whenever one is within a set range), recoil and bullet-spread removal, raprapid-firend various workarounds for anti-cheat detection.”
In a lawsuit filed on Tuesday, Activision noted, “By this lawsuit, Activision seeks to put a stop to unlawful conduct by an organization that is distributing and selling for profit numerous malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain unfair competitive advantages (i.e., to cheat) in the COD Games.”
The game maker continued:
“The Cheating Software enables players to manipulate the COD Games to their personal advantage, such as by automatically aiming weapons, revealing the locations of opponents, and allowing the player to see information that is not normally available to players because it would give them an unfair advantage within the game.”
You can read the full suit here.