Oh, how the tables have turned. Bungie, the studio that created Destiny 2 and, in the past, Halo, has been in a battle with cheaters and trolls, and is now being sued by one of its victims. And they allege that Bungie did more or less what it accuses them of doing.
AimJunkies, a cheat manufacturer who has been in court for more than a year, claims that Bungie hacked a developers computer for information on the cheat makers in a countersuit filed last week in federal court in Washington state (first reported by TorrentFreak).
Bungie accused AimJunkies of infringing on Destiny 2's copyrights by creating cheats for the live-service shooter. In May, AimJunkies responded that cheating isnt breaking the law, and disputed that Bungie's copyright claim was valid. A judge later gave Bungie the opportunity to revise its reasoning.
AimJunkies responds to Bungie's assertion that the game actually hacked May. Bungie altered its limited software license agreement (LSLA) to allow the studio to access players' computers prior to that update to the games LSLA.
Bungie violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, and hacked Mays' computer many times from 2019 until the studio implemented the new LSLA changes in 2021, according to the counterclaim. If Bungie had logged into Destiny 2 and agreed to the new LSLA, he might have accessed that information from May.
AimJunkies, its business Phoenix Digital, and May are seeking unspecified damages as part of their counterclaim.
It's all part of an ongoing and multi-layered legal battle, which is quite complex, with many charges being thrown across the table. It's also unclear how sound AimJunkies' legal strategy is here, but it certainly is novel, and it puts pressure on Bungie, who has been the sole aggressor in this and other cases so far.