What Happens Next After Bungie's Landmark Victory Against Aimjunkies/Phoenix Digital in Destiny 2 Cheating Case?
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What Happens Next After Bungie's Landmark Victory Against Aimjunkies/Phoenix Digital in Destiny 2 Cheating Case?

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Recently, Bungie emerged victorious in its legal battle against Aimjunkies/Phoenix Digital, companies responsible for creating cheats for games like Destiny 2. This victory marks a significant win for game developers fighting against cheating in their games.

Initially, Bungie filed a lawsuit against Aimjunkies/Phoenix Digital for violating the terms of service of Destiny 2. However, the case took an unexpected turn when the accused parties countersued Bungie, leading to a courtroom showdown.

According to Game File journalist Stephen Totilo, Bungie has been awarded $63,210 in damages as a result of the legal proceedings. Beyond the monetary compensation, the case has set a crucial precedent for other game developers in tackling cheat makers.


During the trial, James May, accused of reverse-engineering Destiny 2 to create cheats, claimed that Bungie infringed on his copyright by monitoring his activities. However, Bungie, under Destiny 2’s terms of service, has the right to implement anti-cheat measures to protect its game.

Despite the defeat, Phoenix Digital founder David Schaefer plans to challenge the verdict through a motion to dismiss and a potential appeal. The outcome of this case is likely to have long-lasting effects on how similar lawsuits are handled in the future.

This victory reflects Bungie's ongoing battle against cheaters in Destiny 2 and the gaming industry as a whole. While cheats may continue to surface, developers are making strides in protecting their games from unfair advantages. As Destiny 2 transitions into its final phase, one can only speculate on the future of anti-cheat measures and legal actions against cheat makers.


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