You might have heard about the legal quarrel between Blizzard and Bossland recently, but there is a lot of ambiguous information around it that we would like to highlight. Blizzard is practically waging a war “for the light”, but without mentioning that it is playing its dirty games at the same time. While the company is fully entitled to file in a lawsuit against them, but we want to look at the entire context so you can decide what side to take on.
It all started a few years ago with World of Warcraft, then Diablo III. Bossland developed a series of bots for these games, allowing players to deliberately cheat and obtain “extra goodies” by just purchasing the bots. How would it work? You just had to log in your character into World of Warcraft and Diablo and set the botting software to do things for you. It was mostly designed for farming gold, the in-game currency.
Later on, Bossland designed a bot for Heroes of the Storm as well. This one works a little differently: in Heroes you have to choose a hero in a five man team and play it in a 20 minute match. Imagine that this bot would pick a hero and ruin the game for the others. It would not participate in fights for objectives, in pushing, in capturing whatever was necessary. It just sat on one lane and pushed mindlessly.
Now Blizzard obviously thought it would be a good idea to fight Bossland “to defend the players”, but they also pulled an ace out of their sleeves. A financial specialist from Blizzard met with one of the freelancers working for Bossland and proposed an exchange that would make the botting algorithm end up in Blizzard’s hands.
And so it did. Bossland’s CEO came forward and accused Blizzard Entertainment of “shady practices”, which is sort of true. If you want something done appropriately, you go to court and get it done. But no, Blizzard wanted to see this thing ended without going to court, which gives them an extra issue to worry about now. Or not?
The legal quarrel between Blizzard and Bossland remains ambiguous, simply because we are being told some things, but there are others happening behind each company’s back that we do not know of. And we probably never will.
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