Court finds in favour of RuneScape in botting case

RuneScape developer Jagex has just won a “decisive” court victory over the company which created iBot, a program that allowed players to level up even when they weren’t logged in to the game.



The ruling has seen Impulse Software – Mark and Eric Snellman – forced to pay damages in the “six figure range”, as well as being slugged with an injunction prohibiting the pair from developing botting software for any Jagex product or helping anyone else to develop or use botting software. The Snellmans are also not allowed to discuss the lawsuit, Jagex or RuneScape.

The case took two years to get through the courts, and Jagex is reportedly quite pleased with the outcome, even as Mark Gerhard, CEO and CTO explains that it won’t completely rid the world of cheaters, bots and gold farmers:

…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.

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.

Further to the injunctions and the damages bill, the Snellmans must also hand over to Jagex any domains, source code and websites relating to the iBot project, as well as all customer details and information about other people who developed or sold scripts for iBot.

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