Cheating players of the on-line MMORPG Runescape will today be anxiously watching for the fate of their account.
It is expected that hundreds will be banned, after a judge ordered the handover of a bot-maker's customer records. Each person named within them will have broken the rules of the game.
Runescape developers Jagex have actively attempted to stamp out bots for years. On January 23rd 2012, their latest battle saw the company emerge victorious from a Boston courtroom.
Eric and Mark Snellman admitted to computer fraud, copyright infringement, circumvention of technological measures, along with a host of other infractions. As the owners of Impulse Software, they had created, marketed and sold a number of programs designed to allow Runescape players to train their levels without even being at their computers. Amongst the company's products was the iBOT software.
The court ordered Impulse Software to pay a six figure sum in damages to Jagex, which included paying their legal fees. In addition, the Snellman brothers had to hand over all of their websites, codes, programs and platforms. All Impulse employees were banned from ever accessing any of Jagex's copyrighted games; plus they were permanently muted from commenting publicly on the case.
A lot of nervous bot users will be waiting for the other boot to fall, as that client database falls into the hands of Jagex's 'bot nuking' team.