The product in question was ‘iBot’ which previously allowed players to level up when they weren’t actually playing the game – in other words cheating of the highest order.
Today’s ruling has led to a significant damages being recouped by Jagex against Mark and Eric Snellman, otherwise known as Impulse Software, in addition to the tiny company relinquishing all websites, domains, source code and customer details to Jagex along with all details of individuals who developed, sold and re-sold scripts for iBot.
“We began the legal action against the Snellmans over two years ago as a part of our ongoing commitment to ridding RuneScape of bots and gold farmers. Faced with this significant challenge we have continued to demonstrate that we will never shy away from difficult battles, we don’t compromise on taking the right course of action and, regardless of the time, money or effort involved we always do what it takes in order to protect our community,” stated Mark Gerhard, CEO and CTO of Jagex
“We have spared no expense fighting this case, as demonstrated by the seven figure bill this action has cost, but the point of this and other cases of its kind, is that we will continue bring to justice those who set out to harm the game or our beloved community. We are delighted to say that we have convincingly neutered them after a very long battle,” he added.
Jagex has spoken passionately about their success against ‘botters’ before and actions like this show that they are committed to not only protecting their MMOs from insidious behaviour, but that they’ll also punish the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.
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