Sat. Sep 24th, 2022
A screenshot in the lawsuit shows the kind of enhanced rendering a player can get with MizuSoft's cheat engine.
enlarge A screenshot in the lawsuit shows the kind of enhanced rendering a player can get with MizuSoft’s cheat engine.

Last month an anonymized Rainbow Six: Siege cheat maker told the BBC, “if Ubisoft decides to come after you for copyright infringement, you’re in for a tough time.” It appears that the hacker is now facing such a difficult time, thanks to a federal lawsuit filed by Ubisoft against him and employees associated with MizuSoft.

The lawsuit (thanks, TorrentFreak), filed in the Central District of California, accuses a minor Dutch hacker by the handle JVL of being the “driving force” behind MizuSoft’s sole product, “Budget Edition Rainbow Six: Siege Cheat.” It also accuses its mother, Sandra Rijken, of “collecting, processing, and shipping” the proceeds from the sale of that cheating software through her own company, Simply San Web Design.

Most of the other defendants accused of aiding the development and sale of the cheat engine are identified in the lawsuit solely by their Discord handles. Ubisoft said it hopes to “amend this complaint to include their real names and abilities once the suspects’ identities and abilities are established.”

What’s the problem here?

MizuSoft’s cheat software Rainbox Six: Siege provides players with superhuman abilities, including improved field of view, marking enemies (including through walls), item location, recoil limitation, and the ability to blast through floors and other objects. By doing so, the lawsuit alleges that MizuSoft is assisting players in violating the terms of use they agree to while playing the game, amounting to “deliberate interference in contractual relationships”.

The use of the cheat software by “thousands” of players, Ubisoft says, damages the game’s reputation for fair and balanced play in a way that “could disrupt the entire game.” R6S community and cause the game to wither and die.” Ubisoft adds that it is “forced…to spend huge sums of money (and enormous amounts of time) repairing the damage caused by the cheat software.”

The lawsuit also focuses on MizuSoft’s advertised ability to avoid detection by Ubisoft’s anti-cheat software. As the MizuSoft website puts it, “the main thing that sets us apart from the rest is our nearly clean detection record” and “[w]We are determined to keep our cheat undetected and therefore prevent your account from being banned.” That violates the DMCA ban on “circumvention devices,” according to the lawsuit.

JVL told the BBC last month he can sell up to £1,500 a week Rainbow Six cheat online. Ubisoft says it believes the company has made “hundreds of thousands of dollars” by selling software subscriptions for $69.99 a month or more.

JVL also alleged to the BBC that some players in the “top, top ranks” are using the MizuSoft cheat software, including some in “proper tournaments”. And while he admitted in the interview that “it really isn’t” fair to use cheat software in the game, he also said it “increases the fun” for him personally. “Of course we don’t approve” [cheating]but we won’t say, ‘Hey, you can’t do that.'”

Online game makers are increasingly turning to court to stop cheat makers when standard technical anti-cheat measures prove unable to do the job. Just this year, a judge ordered $150,000 in damages in a lawsuit over a… GTA Online cheat engine, and a big pokemon go cheat maker shut down after lawsuit filed by Niantic.

By akfire1

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