In January 2022, Activision filed a copyright and unfair competition lawsuit against cheat maker EngineOwning. Activision says the cheat maker trafficks in circumvention devices but the defendants now want the entire case thrown out. In a motion to dismiss, EngineOwning reveals that Activision sued them in Germany over two years ago and the lawsuit is still ongoing.
Early January 2022, Activision filed a lawsuit in the United States against German companies EngineOwning UG and CMN Holdings S.A., several named defendants, and 50 ‘John Does’
Activision claimed that the Call of Duty cheats sold by the defendants are copyright-infringing “circumvention devices” and trafficking in them is illegal under the DMCA. The gaming company went on to allege that selling the cheats to Activision customers constitutes contract interference and selling cheats into the market amounts to unfair competition.
In an amended complaint filed last September, Activision added new claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and two further counts of racketeering (RICO). On January 14, 2023, several EngineOwning-linked defendants responded by asking for the whole lawsuit to be thrown out.