Activision has filed a federal lawsuit against German cheat makers EngineOwning and associated individuals for “trafficking in technologies that circumvent or evade anti-cheat technologies used by Activision to protect the integrity of [Call of Duty] games.”
EngineOwning charges 13 euros per month or more for subscription access to individualized suites of cheating tools designed for Call of Duty games—and also Battlefield, Titanfall 2, and Star Wars Battlefront. The software promises abilities like automated aimbots, auto-firing triggerbots, “2D radar” that shows enemy locations on the HUD, and “3D radar” that can track and display opposing players even behind cover.
EO promises its software is undetectable by automated tools, including Activision’s recently launched Ricochet kernel-level anti-cheat tools. The software also includes built-in tools to make cheating less obvious to human moderators and recording software, making users “look like a legit player.” The company separately sells “hardware ID spoofer” software that promises to get around hardware-based bans in Call of Duty and other games.
Activision says it has tried to contact EngineOwning creator Valentin Rick about ceasing operations multiple times in recent years. Rick allegedly told Activision that he sold the site to new ownership, and a thread on the EO forums claims the site was relaunched with “refreshed management” in late 2018. But Activision says that “Rick has never provided evidence that such a sale took place,” and the company believes that “Rick has continued to manage and operate EO and the EO Website.” EngineOwning representatives haven’t responded to a request for comment from Ars Technica.
Activision is seeking a court order halting the distribution of EngineOwning’s products, statutory and punitive damages, and the refunding of “Defendants’ unlawful proceeds” from its software sales.