Destiny 2 developer Bungie has won a $4.3 million sum against AimJunkies in arbitration, which has now concluded with the cheat seller violating anti-circumvention provision and related trafficking restrictions. According to the official statement, AimJunkies had infringed Bungie's copyright and trademarks by creating cheats without permission.
Bungie first filed a lawsuit against AimJunkies at a federal court in Seattle in 2021, accusing the company of breaching copyright and trademark due to it designing and selling Destiny 2 cheats without permission. Shortly after, AimJunkies denied the allegations and claimed that the copyrights referenced by Bungie were successfully registered after the cheats were made available to use. It also argued that cheating isn't against the law, saying Bungie's copyright infringement claims fall flat and asking a federal court in Washington to dismiss the lawsuit.
NEWS: Bungie has won a $4.3 million award against a #Destiny2 cheat seller AimJunkies in arbitration. ($3.6m in damages and $738k in fees) pic.twitter.com/SWkkRn2ZOi— Destiny Bulletin (@DestinyBulletn) February 20, 2023
Although the court allowed Bungie to amend its lawsuit, it first sided with AimJunkie due to the game developer not providing sufficient evidence for its claims that the cheat seller violated any anti-circumvention provision. However, the arbitration process conducted by the Washington Federal Court concluded a few days ago, after which Bungie walked away with a sum of $4.3 million for its requested fees and costs.
The arbitrator also confirmed Bungie's claims regarding violation of consumer protection and spoliation, saying: "Given respondents’ egregious and willful conduct, including their ongoing concealment of sales, Bungie is entitled to the full statutory damages available."
Another cheat seller has also been hit with a lawsuit by Bungie today, with the company now seeking a total of $6.3 million for cheat software downloads provided through the LaviCheats website. The lawsuit document claims that the developer's seeking would have been larger because the number of cheat downloads is under-inclusive. Additionally, Bungie iterates LaviCheats' unlawful actions are flagrant and willful, as its ongoing conduct is proof of its willingness to continue with illegal activities.
Having been ordered to pay a $4.3 million penalty to Bungie for its damages, AimJunkies has not issued a statement regarding the conclusion of the lawsuit yet. LaviCheats, on the other hand, is now against the same accusations that AimJunkies faced over the past years.
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