When it comes to players who cheat in online games, a permanent ban is usually the worst penalty a publisher issues (either for that particular game or the company’s entire catalogue). Now, however, Bungie is going to court to stop a series destiny 2 Impostor who the company says has repeatedly and publicly dodged the developer’s bans and escalated to threats and harassment against Bungie and its employees.
The full lawsuit (first reported by TorrentFreak) states that describing defendant Luca Leone as “a serial ban dodger and con artist… would be a gross understatement.” Leone, who streams on Twitch under the name miffysworld, has seen 13 separate accounts banned for fraud since late May, Bungie said. This includes many accounts for which Leone streamed evidence of fraud directly. Leon even tweeted about it “a clip of me flying with infinite ammo walls and aimbot” on a now protected Twitter account.
About a year later destiny 2 Became free to play at the end of 2019, Bungie implemented a new verification system designed to discourage cheaters. This system requires new accounts to text confirm a new phone number in order to access certain high-level content, such as raids. But Leon noticed in a tweet that “you can just pay $1 instead,” a likely reference to services offering cheap, fake, temporary phone numbers to bypass these types of verification systems.
Bungie claims that in addition to using cheat software, Leone participates in forums selling access to suspected hacked individuals destiny 2 Accounts and Emblems tied to in-game achievements and intended to be non-transferrable.
All of these misdeeds aside, it seems that it was Leone’s pattern of harassment and threats towards Bungie employees that escalated his case from a moderation issue to a legal one. This includes tweets in which Leone warned that Bungie Community Manager Dylan Gaffner “isn’t sure” (including a picture of Gaffner’s Bungie staff badge); where he offered to commit arson at a reduced rate “if it is so [at] bungie hq”; and where he said that Bungie “should keep your doors locked.”
Bungie is seeking a protective order preventing Leone from “harassing, stalking, or otherwise engaging in unwanted or unsolicited contact with Bungie, its employees, or Destiny 2 players,” as well as monetary damages.
Bungie is one of many game publishers who have previously filed lawsuits against the developers of cheat software affecting their games. But the determinationThe manufacturer recently encountered a roadblock in one of those lawsuits when a judge said the company “did not present enough facts to make a plausible claim.” [the cheat maker] copied portions of Bungie’s work.”