Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Popular League of Legends Script-Maker Shutdown, Must Pay $10 Million Fine

Popular League of Legends Script-Maker Shutdown, Must Pay $10 Million Fine

Last year, Riot Games entered the legal arena to shut down League of Legends scripting/cheating site, LeagueSharp, a service that Riot claimed was ruining their game and their cash flow.

"As some of you may know, Riot Games has filed a lawsuit against LeagueSharp and has made it clear to us that LeagueSharp violates their Terms of Use".

According to one report, LeagueSharp had a massive number of subscribers and was raking in hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue every month.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, accuses Zachary Kaufman of Peoria, Ariz. of operating a website called "DivineSmurfs", and selling stolen League of Legends accounts through it. "Defendants pretend, through the unauthorized use of Riot's intellectual property, to run a legitimate business instead of a fraudulent enterprise", says Riot's complaint.

LeagueSharp's scripting services executed actions at a speed faster than is humanly possible. The lawsuit's agreement has LeagueSharp paying $10 million and giving Riot control over its websites. In addition, the court forced the people behind LeagueSharp to hand over the control of all its websites and services to Riot Games. In addition, for people who may be thinking or are now running cheating methods for the online multiplayer game, it gives them a chance to pull out of the business unless they think they can pay off a $10 million penalty. As a result, this also allowed players to quickly level up accounts for sales purposes.

Cheating remains rampant in online games, as some players want to win at all costs, even that includes utilizing unfair advantages over their opponents.

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