Bungie awarded over $12 million in lawsuit against cheat developer

Destiny 2

In a recent ruling by a United Stats District Court, Destiny 2 developer Bungie has been awarded over $12 million USD after they filed a lawsuit against VeteranCheats.

VeteranCheats is a website based in Romania that sold cheats for the online game Destiny 2. In their filing, Bungie accuses VeteranCheats developer Mihai Claudiu-Florentin of copyright infringement and breach of contract.

At a glance it might seem strange that a Washington District Court has jurisdiction over a Romanian website owner; however it appears a clause in the Limited Software License Agreement for Destiny 2 allows users to be subject to the jurisdiction of King County in Washington State. You can check out the LSLA yourself here.

To the extent permitted by applicable law: (i) this Agreement shall be construed under Washington law as such law is applied to agreements between Washington residents entered into and to be performed within Washington, except as governed by federal law, and (ii) you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the state and federal courts in King County, Washington.

Emphasis: Ours

Whether Claudiu-Florentin and VeteranCheats will be able to pay up is a completely different matter. Through a subpoena of payment processor Stripe, they learned that the Destiny 2 cheats had only netted the site revenue to the tune of $146,662.28 over 5,848 sales. We did the math for you and that means these cheats cost around $25.

Destiny 2 has been available across Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5.

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