League of Legends VS LeagueSharp

by ADAM ESCOBEDO

Staff writer

 

On August 11, 2016, the company behind League of Legends (LoL), Riot Games, filed a lawsuit against LeagueSharp (L#). Riot is charging L# with “Traffic in circumvention devices, international interference with contractual relations, and unfair competition”. L# is the world’s largest League of Legends hacker and bot service. Players would pay $15 a month to use the service. It would notify the players when to change, not use it, and update the software. For $50 a month the player gets a botting service that allows the player to have automatic multiple accounts at the same time. When these accounts level up, they are sold to other players. “Among other things, [LeagueSharp] enables its users to abuse LoL by allowing them to, for example, see hidden information; ‘automate’ gameplay to perform in the game with enhanced or inhuman accuracy; and accumulate levels, experience and items at a rate that is not possible for a normal human player,” according to the lawsuit.
Riot has stated that L# has violated Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a)(2), by selling, importing, offering, providing, and otherwise trafficking in technologies that circumvent or evade Riot’s sophisticated anti-cheat software. Defendants also have knowingly and intentionally induced thousands or tens of thousands of Riot players in the United States to breach Riot’s Terms of Use, which explicitly prohibits the precise type of cheating that L# enables. Defendants not only know that their conduct is unlawful, but they engage in that conduct with the deliberate intent to harm Riot and its community Riot fears this will shut down their game. The company wants to provide a fair game. Riot feels that L# is unbalancing the hard work the developers put into LoL. If this continues this will lead to the death of LoL and the company. On March 6, 2017, Riot has won the lawsuit and L# has been forced to shut down. L# must pay Riot ten-million dollars, ban the use of their software, and now Riot has control of their website.

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