Destiny 2 cheater claims he didn’t harm the game, says Bungie should work with it
Bungie hit a snag in its legal campaign against Destiny 2 cheat sellers in May when a Seattle judge dismissed its copyright infringement suit (opens in a new tab) against the AimJunkies cheater. Bungie had argued that developing cheats violated its copyright, while AimJunkies defended its software as an original creation – and the judge agreed with AimJunkies.
That wasn’t the end of the matter. Other elements of Bungie’s lawsuit remained intact, including allegations of trademark infringement and “false appellation”, and the studio had time to rephrase the copyright infringement portion of its case. A few weeks later, he did just that, alleging that AimJunkies “reverse engineered and copied software code from Destiny 2” in order to create his cheat software.
To make the cheat software’s ESP functionality, for example, which allows users to see other players through walls, Bungie alleged that AimJunkies “copied Destiny 2 software code that matches data structures for player positioning. [in] Destiny 2, and reverse engineering software code for Destiny 2 rendering features.”
The revised complaint is significantly more detailed, but AimJunkies isn’t backing down — in fact, according to a new Torrentfreak (opens in a new tab) report, the cheat maker is stepping up its own lawsuit to defend its software and the right to sell it. The site says AimJunkies is issuing subpoenas to Valve, PayPal, and Google, seeking information it hopes will prove its cheats did not harm Bungie, as the studio claims. asserted.
In a press release posted on the site, AimJunkies also defended their Destiny 2 overlay, saying it’s no different than Steam’s.
“We believe that OUR software product offering did exactly what Steam and countless others do with overlays. The Steam Overlay and others like [it], we also believe they are not derivative works,” AimJunkies wrote. “Bungie also claims we have caused severe damage to their game when in fact some of their most number of players and sales occurred during the time that AimJunkies offered their software products. We believe and intend to gather actionable evidence of this and disprove another of their outlandish claims.”
Interestingly, AimJunkies also suggested that they would take legal action against an employee or contractor who allegedly purchased the AimJunkies cheat software and then took it to an “anonymous company” to be decompiled. and analyzed – an act that AimJunkies says is in violation of its Terms of Service. He also accused Bungie of trying to make cheating illegal “because they can’t govern their own players.”
“They look to the courts to do what they are powerless to do on their own, even with the vast resources and technology at their disposal,” the press release reads. “They’d rather suffer death by a thousand cuts than admit that’s not the way to solve the problem.
“We at [AimJunkies parent] Phoenix Digital Group offered to work with Bungie to acquire several solutions to their problem. We believe it would be primarily to implement our features into a version of their game for distribution, but their pride and bully mentality keep them from thinking outside the box.”
That’s a bit of a bizarre, rambling statement. It’s unclear what Bungie would get out of distributing a version of Destiny 2 with built-in cheats, or why it would have to partner with another company to do so – or if it’s expected that, as cheaters themselves, they would be in a better position than Bungie to effectively eradicate cheating.
Typically, when Bungie (or any other game company) takes legal action against a cheat maker, things tend to end quickly with a settlement and shutdown: companies like Ring-1 (opens in a new tab)perfect goal (opens in a new tab)Elite Boss Technician (opens in a new tab), and 11020781 Canada (and, of course, the individuals behind them) have all pitched their tents in the face of litigation, eager to avoid being heavily hammered by the courts. But AimJunkies, for now, is holding its own. At the very least, it will be interesting to see what happens next.
Bungie declined to comment on the issue. I have contacted AimJunkies for a comment and will update if I receive a response.