Bungie Will Keep Suing Cheaters Because It’s ‘Good Business’

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Bungie Will Keep Suing Cheaters Because It’s ‘Good Business’

Bungie has been making headlines lately but not for anything related to Destiny 2, for the most part. The company recently announced that it would be reducing communication with players as a result of the escalating harassment and threats, possibly brought about by the studio’s decision to actively sue hackers and cheaters. It looks like that won’t slow down anytime soon as Bungie’s lawyer said it’s not only “the right thing to do”, but it’s also “good business.”

Speaking to Axios recently, top industry lawyer Don McGowan who previously worked at Pokemon Company International, stated that Bungie suing cheaters is simply part of a “strategic push” to eliminate toxicity and abuse from the online community. The industry has taken drastic steps over the past few years to crack down on cheating in multiplayer games, with Activision implementing the Ricochet software from an entire anti-cheat team to deal with cheaters in Call of Duty games.

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McGowan defended Bungie’s actions, citing the removal of harassment from the community as the best thing the company can do:

“We have seen historically that bad actors will often be tolerated because the people with the skills and power to remove them do not focus their efforts there. To put it simply, we disagree. In our view, removing harassment and abuse from our community is not only the right thing to do, it is also good business.”

Earlier this year, Bungie sued an impersonator who filed almost one hundred false copyright claims against various Destiny 2 content creators on YouTube. The community initially assumed that Bungie was behind the copyright strikes, leading to mass backlash. However, after it was clarified, the community shifted its attention to the easily abusable YouTube system which gave Bungie plenty of headaches.

McGowan concluded by saying that players tend to avoid communities that contain harassment and cheating, which makes it difficult for developers to do their jobs properly if they’re constantly being threatened and harassed.

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Source: Axios

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