Riot Games Wins Lawsuit Against Botting Service LeagueSharp
Riot Games, the studio behind League of Legends, scored a big win in their lawsuit against botting service LeagueSharp. The suit, which Riot filed last summer, alleged that LeagueSharp was breaking the game, enabling players to earn money by “creating and selling accounts that have been artificially leveled” by using the botting and scripting services that LeagueSharp provided, which they charged a monthly fee for. According to the lawsuit, the revenue LeagueSharp was receiving for their ‘services’ was upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars each month.
“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.”
Before filing the suit, the League of Legends studio had actually attempted to settle the matter informally, which, based on LeagueSharp’s actions, seemed to have had little effect, other than kicking the hornet’s nest. Based on the lawsuit, Riot claims that LeagueSharp, or parties working with them, leaked personal information about a Riot employee. The employee was also harassed and threatened on social media.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of LeagueSharp’s lash-back. In an ultimate bad guy move, the hackers behind LeagueSharp resorted to setting up a Peruvian shell corporation, called Misti y Pichu Pichu S.R.L, in order to cover their illegal activities. The corporation was used specifically to hold the copyright to LeagueSharp’s scripting software, which the hackers had hoped would protect them from legal action.
“Additionally, knowing that this lawsuit was imminent, Defendants have been quickly and carefully destroying or concealing evidence such as their most incriminating online posts and purporting to hide behind a Peruvian shell corporation created solely for the purpose of evading liability.”
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending. As a result of Riot Games winning the lawsuit, the studio has been given a $10 million payout. Leaguesharp was court-ordered to shut down their illegal activities and to submit control of their websites to Riot. This message was visible on their website, before it was shut down.
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