Bungie and Ubisoft recently filed a lawsuit against the people who are alleged to be running Ring-1, a website that sells cheats for various games like. manufactures and sells Fate 2, PUBG, and Rainbow Six Siege. Both companies are charged with multiple crimes, including copyright infringement, and may be asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars or more in damages, and want the site to be shut down.
As discovered by TorrentFreak earlier this week, the lawsuit was filed in a California district court on July 23. State of Bungie and Ubisoft C.seen here with the kind permission of TorrentFreakthat Ring-1 “… has caused and continues to cause massive and irreparable harm to plaintiffs and their business interests.” As stated in the lawsuit, these cheats sold on Ring-1 can ruin the “experience” of playing online. The lawsuit also mentions that “… cheaters illegally receive and thereby devalue the rewards in the game that non-cheaters lawfully receive.”
Ubisoft claims in the suit that these could cause cheats too Rainbow Six Siege Players get frustrated and stop playing, which may “disturb the whole thing” R6S Fellowship and let the game wither and die. ”Additionally, both companies claim that Ring-1 and those who operate it“ deal in bypass devices in violation of the DMCA ”.
The lawsuit lists several people who the gambling companies claim run, maintain, or are directly involved in Ring-1 and its cheats business. The named defendants include Jonathan Aguedo (Overwhelmed), Andrew Thorpe (crypto), Wesam Mohammed (grizzly) and Ahmad Mohammed. The suit also notes many other Ring-1 affiliates who are either not specifically named or named using only their online usernames. Bungie and Ubisoft plan to change the lawsuit if the companies can discover the real identities of these people.
The cheats sold on Ring-1 are quite expensive, with a few Fate 2 Cheats like Aimbots cost players 30 dollars per week or twice as much per month. It is believed that the cheat makers and sellers could generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue from selling these cheats.
The lawsuit also mentions the alleged unauthorized use of various copyrighted images and trademarked logos on the Ring-1 website. (I’m not going to link to it here because I don’t want to endorse scammers, but I checked out the site and yes, it’s clogged up on this stuff. I highly doubt the people running this site had the permission or license to use any of these images or logos.)
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As a result, Bungie and Ubisoft want the website, all scam software to be sold, and all Ring 1 services to be closed. The companies also claim to be entitled to “monetary, injunctive and other equity and punitive damages.”
In other words, they want money from these scammers.
This isn’t the first time Bungie or Ubisoft have targeted cheat sellers and makers. Bungie was closed back in October last year determination Cheat site with a cease and desist. And in January of this year Bungie and Riot have filed a lawsuit against another website that was selling cheat software for games like Bravery and fate 2.
With cheat manufacturers who continue to improve their software and Online games and cross-play are becoming increasingly popular, it seems likely that the war between scammers, gamers and developers has only just begun. I foresee many more lawsuits and legal showdowns in the future.