Blizzard, which seems to now be in the news more often for the suing of other companies than bringing out another big game, has done it again. As originally found on torrentfreak.com, the lawsuit was filed on April 19 in a United States District Court in California and is suing the hack for Starcraft II “ValiantChaos MapHack.” Blizzard isn’t specifically suing any named person because, they don’t have their names…yet, but are suing the maphack “company” itself. So why does blizzard have their panties in a knot? Well, remember the good old MDY Industries, LLC v. Blizzard Entertainment, Inc., better known as Blizzard vs WoWGlider, and how Blizzard kept saying “DMCA DMCA! Loss of profits blah blah blah”? It’s that again. This time, different defendant.
So what is the ValiantChaos Maphack. The maphack has a bunch of player enhancing features to give the maphack player an advantage over a regular player. All this is fine and dandy (not saying hacking is ok) except for one thing in Blizzards eye, and that is, Warden protection. The hack reports that it can circumvent Warden and protect the player, and by Blizzards TOS and EULA that is against the rules. So how does breaking the TOS and EULA constitute enough problems to bring it to court? Money, and to back the money claim, the DMCA. Blizzard claims that the “Defendants have violated Section 1201 of the DMCA willfully and for private commercial gain.” So because other’s are making money off of Blizzard, Blizzard wants them shut down. This is the exact same thing the WoWGlider case. Which unfortunately, doesn’t look good for the makers of the maphack.
This isn’t the first time that Blizzard has gone after a Starcraft map hack. The went after a trio back in 2010.