It is not unusual for major video game publishers to enter into legal battles with platforms offering software for cheating and hacking. This time around, Riot Games has made the headlines.
Riot has won a lawsuit against EloBuddy. The latter is paid service offering players bots, scripts and third party software allowing them to gain an unfair advantage in games. The EloBuddy services enabled LoL players to cast their own abilities at the perfect time with a click of a button or automatically dodge incoming skill-shots.
Now, when Riot defeated EloBuddy in court, the LoL cheats are no longer available. When launched, the site redirects to a statement from the owner who clarifies that the talks with Riot were fruitless, and the site will not be updated once the Patch 7.17 ends.
However, Riot might has won the battle but lost the war. The other scripting services are still active, which means unskilled players will continue to gain momentum in other games.
Nevertheless, the biggest concern was that EloBuddy was making money off Riot’s intellectual property. Although the amount EloBuddy has generated via providing its services to LoL players has not been publicly disclosed, the court ruled in Riot’s favor.
For the time being, details about the lawsuit remain scarce. Neither EloBuddy nor Riot has confirmed whether a cash settlement was involved.
According to players, it is hard for EloBuddy to be a knight in shining armor when its business is focused on making money off unskilled, ill-intentioned players trying to cheat in a competitive game. Although the EloBuddy team will continue running its other scripting services, Riot’s IP is officially protected.