Munger, Tolles & Olson litigator Jonathan H. Blavin discussed the impact of video game cheating and hacking in a recent Daily Journal article. The piece explored an emerging field of litigation – fueled by the growing popularity of online video games - in which game developers chase down and sue individuals and groups that help users cheat at their games. [Daily Journal, “Hired Guns Hunt Hackers for Video Game Makers,” Nov. 7, 2013]
Mr. Blavin pointed out that these video game hacks lead to real-world financial losses as the perceived lack of fairness diminishes the popularity of a game. This is especially true now that the single-person offline gaming of the past has been largely replaced by competitive online gaming.
"People pay subscription fees or buy content. When they see other people advancing to a higher level without playing the game or have assets they haven't earned in the game or paid for, they stop playing the game. It's a real threat to the economics of how these games work," Mr. Blavin explained.
Mr. Blavin has substantial experience in high-technology intellectual property disputes, and Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Additionally, he has litigated federal antitrust actions, consumer class actions in the wireless and telecommunications areas and constitutional matters.