One of Call of Duty's biggest cheat makers has been sued for $3 million

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Two Call of Duty cheat makers have been ordered to pay Activision Blizzard $3 million in damages.

As first reported by Axios earlier this week, two individuals relating to cheat software EngineOwning, a huge Call of Duty cheat maker and distributer, will have to shell out $3 million to Activision. This is part of a legal battle that's been going on since early 2022, when Activision initially sued EngineOwning

The legal case was then continued in September 2022, with Activision successfully getting the individuals behind EngineOwning publicly disclosed through a court ruling. Now, a year after the initial case was brought against EngineOwning, the case has taken a decisive turn.

If you weren't familiar, EngineOwning is one of the biggest cheat manufacturers for Call of Duty games throughout the world. The cheats were a near-constant plague in Call of Duty: Warzone in particular over the past few years, to the point where Raven Software had to significantly step up their efforts to ban cheaters, resulting in over 500,000 accounts being banned in the process.

It's not just Activision who've been after cheat makers of late. Earlier this week, Bungie was awarded $4.3 million in damages from a cheat manufacturer, while also launching another lawsuit against another cheat maker, seeking to claim a huge $6.7 million in damages. Bungie is stepping up its anti-cheat initiatives just before Destiny 2 Lightfall launches later this month on February 28.

Check out our new games 2023 guide if you're looking to get away from any cheat-infested games and into something new this year. 

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.