Riot Games and Bungie sue cheat maker for costing them millions

By Fariha Bhatti


Jan 12, 2021

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Riot Games has teamed up with Bungie to put an end to a cheating business of a software company found to be producing hacks for Valorant and Destiny 2. 

A report by Polygon alleged that a website called Cameron and GatorCheats is complicit in generating “a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks.” Lawyers for Riot and Bungie have joined forces to take down the website sellings hacks for Valorant and Destiny 2, among other games. 

Riot and Bungie’s lawyers took the case to the Central District of California and demanded strict action into the malicious business of GatorCheats. The developers’ complaint entailed that the website is distributing hacks through different platforms. Players can buy cheating software for $90 from Gatorcheats via email, Discord, and the website itself. $500 worth of package gives lifetime access to hacks that go undetected by the developers. 

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GatorCheats allowing players to hack Valorant

Riot Games’ anti-cheat software and the developer’s practices to filter out hackers have been commendable. However, the creators have developed a hack that Riot and Bungie’s anti-cheat software can’t detect, making it ever so critical. The comprehensive cheating software allows players to ravage in-game integrity by utilizing it according to their needs. The cheating software can be tweaked to act as aimbot or wallhack, facilitating illicit wins. 

According to Polygon’s report, both the developers of Valorant and Destiny 2 argue that cheating software is damaging their brand and income. Lawyers have said that the losses may amount to “tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.” 

Hacks in a game can be a massive nuisance for players. A negative experience may cause players to disconnect from a game and eventually lose interest. The lawyers support that games ultimately make money from having substantial players, and cheating software can turn off a huge chunk of the player base. This is precisely how cheating websites can deplete a developer’s profit. 

“Cheating undermines a game’s competitive integrity and erodes community trust. Riot is wholly committed to upholding these values for its players, so when we become aware of a cheat maker, you bet we’re going to go after them,” a Riot spokesperson told Polygon.

Riot Games and Bungie have initiated their battle to take down the cheating websites from producing hacks. GatorCheats reportedly agreed to stop their defrauding business. However, lawyers say that the racket is still actively operating on different platforms.  

For now, GatorCheats have removed evidence of risque business on their website as the site displays an “under construction” message. No products are currently available to buy.