Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

League of Legends goes after cheat providers, wins $10 million settlement

League of Legends goes after cheat providers, wins $10 million settlement

A lawsuit filed a year ago by Riot Games against the subscription-based hacking service LeagueSharp has come to a close in the form of a $10 million settlement.

When Riot originally filed the suit in August 2016, the developer alleged that LeagueSharp's creators attacked servers and that, when Riot confronted LeagueSharp, LeagueSharp leaked private information about a Riot employee. "We apologize for any pain we've caused to players of League of Legends".

"As a result of our lawsuit with Riot, we have agreed to cease development and support for LeagueSharp and any other tools related to Riot Games".

In addition to the monetary award, the court ordered a ban on LeagueSharp, ordering the makers of the cheating tools to never again use anything created by Riot Games. That's an awfully big chunk of money, but Leaguesharp was hardly giving its wares away: its "limited" subscription service cost $15 per month, while the unlimited license, with no cap on the number of games that could be played daily, was $50 per month. Leaguesharp reportedly made profits upwards of hundreds of thousands of dollars a month.

LeagueSharp's scripting services executed actions at a speed faster than is humanly possible.

Finding the head (s) of LeagueSharp was more hard than Riot had expected, three german hackers were behind the service who also allegedly started a shell company to avoid the legal ramifications that would soon ensue.

With the victory of Riot Games, players who have experienced going up against cheaters on League of Legends will hopefully see the chance of such incidents happening be reduced dramatically.

- Excerpt from the complaint filed by Riot Games.

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