Activision slams COD cheaters with racketeering charges | Biden News


Activision went to war against the creator of popular Call of Duty cheating software, a German-based entity called EngineOwning (hereafter EO). The video game publisher filed a new document in an ongoing lawsuit in California against dozens of named individuals, and among the charges there is one that does raise an eyebrow: racketeering. Activision accuses the individuals involved in EO of not only violating the terms of use of the software, and wire fraud, but of a RICO violation: basically saying that this amounts to a criminal conspiracy.

I’ve read quite a few suits like this over the years, and usually it’s about the in-game terms of service being violated, or the unfair competition element of the cheating software. But under California law, Activision’s lawyers say, “defendants committed violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). […] by conducting and participating in an enterprise engaged in racketeering activity.”


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