Destiny cheaters fail to accuse Bungie of hacking their computer
The long-running legal battle between Bungie and Destiny cheat software maker AimJunkies finally appears to be nearing a conclusion – with victory now in sight for Bungie.
US District Court Judge Thomas Zilly has ruled against AimJunkies’ eyebrow-raising bid to counter Bungie for allegedly accessing its computers – a retaliatory move the cheating firm claimed amounted to the Destiny maker hacking it.
Now, a new ruling (first reported by Torrentfreak) has rejected AimJunkies’ defense and makes Bungie look likely to win the original complaint, which alleged that AimJunkies’ cheat software infringed on Destiny’s copyrights and trademarks.
Judge Zilly stated the claim by cheater James May (not that one) that Bungie had accessed his computer illegally:
“May has failed to adequately allege that Bungie accessed his personal computer and files without authorization. To support his claim that Bungie accessed his personal computer, May relies on a document that Bungie allegedly produced during discovery in this case .
“However, May does not explain what this document is or how it proves instances where Bungie allegedly accessed his computer without authorization and downloaded his personal information.”
Bungie first filed suit against AimJunkies in June 2021, when the latter sold a “Destiny 2 Hacks” package to users who wanted to cheat in Destiny 2 for $35 a month. The ensuing saga has had a few twists and turns – and came to prominence when Bungie initially appeared to have been put on the back foot.
In April, Bungie’s original legal complaint was largely dismissed. At the time, AimJunkies claimed that the cheat software was its own work rather than a copy of Bungie’s code.
Bungie then tried again, claiming that AimJunkies had largely reverse-engineered and copied Destiny’s software code. But AimJunkies then hit back, saying the software simply worked the same way as Steam overlays and other legally available products.
Things then took a turn for the bizarre in September, when AimJunkies alleged that Bungie had accessed its computers via “secret surveillance” to obtain confidential information.
AimJunkies now has until November 21st to file another appeal – or accept that it has probably lost.