Riot and Bungie filed a joint lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Courty of the Central District of California. The lawsuit alleges people operating under the name “GatorCheats” are developing and distributing cheats for both developers’ online competitive games, undermining their anti-cheat software, and costing them millions of dollars in the process.
In a report from Polygon, Riot and Bungie have alleged that GatorCheats and its staff have been selling their hacks through their website and other social media apps, including Telegram and Discord. Some of the hacks being sold allow buyers to see enemy health and inventory, while others take the more traditional approach of improving the player’s aim via an aimbot.
GatorCheats had previously received a cease and desist order from Bungie, which originally resulted in the GatorCheats no longer selling cheating software, but continuing to provide support for software already sold. The lawsuit states that even after the cease and desist, GatorCheats is still actively still selling the software.
Although Valorant’s user-end anticheat – Vanguard – has been a solid unbreachable wall for a very long time, people have now found ways to bypass it.
Vanguard consists of three portions: a client, driver, and the platform itself. While the client detects whether a cheating software is present or not, the program’s driver aspect validates the user’s memory and system date to make sure it hasn’t been tweaked. Since the driver runs at start-up alongside many other system processes, Vanguard is one of the more sophisticated anti-cheat software out there. Accordingly, GatorCheats charges more for its Valorant hacks, at $500, than its Destiny 2 hacks, at $200.
The lawsuit also alleges that the defendant runs numerous other cheating software distribution platforms. Although the identities of the GatorCheats staff is unknown, the lawsuit does mention a Cameron Santos, “[Who] is the owner and operator of several commercial online business ventures engaged in the development, sale, distribution, marketing, and exploitation of a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks for popular multiplayer games…”
The lawsuit further states that the success of the plaintiffs’ (Riot and Bungie) games is dependent on their products being enjoyable and fair for all players. “Plaintiffs spend an enormous amount of time and money to ensure that… Defendants’ [GatorCheats] sale and distribution of the Cheating Software has caused Plaintiffs to suffer irreparable damage to their goodwill and reputation and to lose millions of dollars in revenue.”
Both Riot and Bungie are seeking to shut down all operations related to GatorCheats and the people behind them, seeking millions of dollars in damages and compensation.
As of the filing of the lawsuit, GatorCheats has featured a banner on their website stating, “In compliance with a lawsuit filed by Riot Games and Bungie, GatorCheats will be shut down indefinitely.”