Bungie won a major legal victory today as the Destiny 2 developer comes out of a legal dispute $4.3 million USD ahead after taking a cheat maker to court. AimJunkies has been creating and selling cheat programs for Destiny 2 for a long time and was taken to court by Bungie in 2021 for trademark, DMCA, and copyright infringement. This week, a federal judge ruled that AimJunkies must pay the aforementioned amount to Bungie for these and other legal damages.
Washington federal court Judge Ronald Cox announced a decision on the Bungie v AimJunkies case filed on February 16, 2023, as reported by TorrentFreak. Judge Cox found evidence showed that third-party developer James May bypassed Bungie’s software protection and violated the company’s DMCA in doing so to create cheat software for AimJunkies
“May testified that on many occasions, he connected reverse engineering tools to the Destiny 2 process in order to reverse engineer it and develop a cheat for the game,” Judge Cox wrote in his decision. “He also testified that after being caught and banned by Bungie several times for doing so, he attempted various ways to bypass the bans and circumvent the protections Bungie had in place to prevent reverse engineering.”
Judge Cox went on to say that AimJunkies and its parent company Phoenix Digital was the clear benefactor and profited from using May’s work to sell cheats for Destiny 2, which leaves Phoenix Digital liable in the lawsuit. It also hurts AimJunkies’ countersuit against Bungie in which the cheat developer alleged that Bungie accessed private info to build its case in the suit.
With the cheat maker already forced to pay damages of $4.3 million to Bungie, it remains to be seen how much further Bungie’s legal battle with AimJunkies and Phoenix Digital will go. Stay tuned as we continue to follow for further updates and information.