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

Mar 07, 2017, 00:34
League of Legends goes after cheat providers, wins $10 million settlement

The court has ruled in favor of Riot Games, slamming a popular League of Legends scripting website with a hefty fine for conducting damaging services.

The lawsuit that Riot Games filed last summer against the League of Legends bottling service LeagueSharp has come to an end with a $10 million payout for Riot, and the immediate shutdown of LeagueSharp's services. While nothing can stop cheaters permanently, this is a big win for the industry and will hopefully make other cheating services think twice before going into murky business. Filed back in August 2016, this lawsuit concerned LeagueSharp's hacking tools which allegedly allowed players to automate games of League of Legends, in order to artificially inflate their player rank.

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

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LeagueSharp directly violates the game's terms of use agreement which disallows the usage of unauthorized third-party software or automation programs.

Along with the $10 million payout and a ban on the software's distrbution, Riot also gained control of all LeagueSharp related sites as part of this settlement. LeagueSharp was reportedly shut down in January, but details of the settlement have only recently emerged. The lawsuit also accuses LeagueSharp of attacking Riot's servers, teaching LoL players how to cheat without being caught and advising them how to fraudulently dispute transactions in-game. This marks a solid victory for both Riot and League of Legends players, as scripting seems to be a bit more common than previous years.