Dealing with cheaters can be a serious annoyance for those playing any game, and big-name developers are taking increased action against those who are selling these cheats. It’s both an attempt to stymie sales from these sellers and make their games more fun for non-cheaters.
Now, Riot and Bungie are teaming up to file a joint lawsuit against Cameron Santos, who owns several sites that sell cheaters for Destiny 2 and Valorant. Gatorcheats is the most well-known site that’s listed in the suit.
The lawsuit was filed in California on January 8th, and it alleges that Santos is trafficking in “a portfolio of malicious cheats and hacks.” According to the suit, Santos and his staff sell their cheats via email, Telegram, Discord and other platforms. Bungie and Riot are asking the court to shut down the sites completely, in order to remedy the harm they have caused. Activision Blizzard previously sent a cease and desist letter to Gatorcheats last year, forcing the site to stop selling Call of Duty‑related cheats. However, the site continued to sell cheats for non-Call of Duty titles, games like Valorant and Destiny 2.
Nintendo, Epic Games, Nintendo and Niantic have all filed similar complaints over the past few years. A portion of the case (originally obtained by Polygon) reads:
“The success of [Riot and Bungie’s games] depends on them being enjoyable and fair for all players, and [they] spend an enormous amount of time and money to ensure that this is the case. Defendants’ conduct has caused, and is continuing to cause, massive and irreparable harm to [Riot and Bungie] and their business interests.”