Jagex Wins Landmark Victory Against RuneScape Bot Developers
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Jagex Games Studio, a leading independent developer and publisher of online games, announced its victory in a two-year legal battle with the developers of Runescape specific macroing/botting software; which had harmed RuneScape.com for a number of years until the Bot Nuke in October 2011.
The judgment against brothers Mark and Eric Snellman, who are trading under Impulse Software, resulted in them being ordered to pay Jagex damages. In addition, an injunction was placed upon them to prevent them from ever developing botting software for any Jagex product, helping other people develop or use botting software or discussing Jagex, the lawsuit or RuneScape.
Jagex have been engaged in a number of legal battles over the past couple of years to tackle the botting and gold farming within RuneScape and the adverse impact it has on the game and valued community. The result announced today is a significant win for a games company and could set a precedent for future legal cases regarding this kind of abuse.
Mark Gerhard, CEO & CTO of Jagex, stated: "We began the legal action against the Snellmans over two years ago as a part of our ongoing commitment to ridding RuneScape of bots and gold farmers. Faced with this significant challenge 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". He went on to say:"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."