BDO Bot maker sued

Michael Reiter
Oct 1 · 5 min read
Black Desert Online © Kakao Games Europe B.V.

According to rumors a user on the Black-Desert Sub-reddit has provided, the maker of the most popular BDO Bot has been sued.

A player from Houston has allegedly filed papers in Texas against a Black-Desert bot, who he believe is violating his rights to a fair competition. According to the reddit user, he seeks 1000$ reparation — for every Bot-License sold.
According to our rough estimate this means that he is seeking an amount worth over 10 million dollars.
It is yet unclear if the rumors are true, and what exactly the reason is he believes to be damaged.

We inquired directly with bdo-fishbot.com for a Statement, but did not get a response as of the writing of this article. Since all services appear to be still up and available there seem to have been no imminent steps taken yet.

Edit 30.09.2019 : Now we got a response from the Black Desert Bot Developer saying :

“While I can understand the worries and ill-feelings of the player, but this does not mean that I agree with his claims. I do not feel like there is anything legally wrong in what we are doing. The past lawsuits against other bot-developers have been on basis of copyright infliction and the computer fraudulent act, since they were actively intercepting and manipulating the software directly in the memory. Even this is philosophically questionable in my opinion, since when you buy a book (in this case software), how can it be illegal to spontaneously read any page you want. And how dare you to add some notes in your own book?!
But there is no sense in arguing with internationally agreed on law, even though it was for other reasons, forgetting to take this aspects into context, and what other Bot and Hack developers did was,- and is against the law.
The way we operate is fully externally from layer 3 (this is the user layer), seeing exactly what the user sees, and reacting upon different visual constellations using real mouse and keyboard inputs. At no point is there any injection or even a wrapper for passive memory reading, everything that happens, happens exactly the same way a normal user would do the inputs, with the only difference being that the User gave a Software access to operate on the user-level for him — and this is absolutely within the law and has been juridically fought out in several European countries and America, in regards to Jail breaking hardware.
The law unanimously agrees that you are allowed to do whatever you want with hardware that you own, which includes controlling your own hardware via software inputs. So no matter how much the users disagrees with what I am doing, it is definitely within the law.
As additional backing for this statement, it should be noted that another BDO Bot Developer, who started at the same time I did, got sued, while the Black Desert Developers found no reasons to proceed with legal steps against me.
Even from a moral standpoint, a player using a bot will always be inferior to a player actively playing the game.
So in case someone actually has the ambition (my respect for that) and time to put towards the game, then no external bot will ever be able to compete with them anyway — and this is neither the goal nor the point of my project, a real player will always be more efficient and that is fact and I have no interest in changing this.
BDO Fishbot is about giving hard working people, students during their exam phase or family fathers (and mothers) who do not have 16 hours every day for leisure activities since they are haunted by responsibilities, the chance to still somehow enjoy the game a little bit without being completely manhandled by a 16 year old college dropout, while also having the extremely awesome feeling — that only botters know and is the reason we love what we are doing so much — of efficiency, that there is still something progressing towards your happiness, while you are forced to confront yourself with uncomfortable real-life responsibilities. Actually over 86% of our customers are parents!

If someone truly has a problem with that, even though nothing is actively ruining their game in a heads-up competition, then in my opinion, they have probably yet to have the pleasure with what is adulthood.

The Reddit User who claims to have started the lawsuit, promised that he will be back with updates regarding the case later.
As of now he claims to base the law-suit on the fact that he plays the game for 16 hours every day, reading Fishing Guides and others, and every minute an automated bot is running the value of his own effort, which is gathering “Silver”, is diminished by simple law of inflation.

What we think :

There have been some very famous cases from game studios and publishers against hack-developers that were clearly breaking the law. But in this case, even though we generally do not condone and fully support their argument, we are worried by the possible outcome of this situation.

While it is understandable that no Player wants to be at a disadvantage in a game where he puts disproportional amounts of time in, a judgment against the bot creators would create a bad precedence, and could have big effect on a lot of services and niches software companies all over the internet. A software developers profiting from exploiting a game is definitely not the most straight-forward thing to do, but potentially limiting software companies’ freedoms because someone has exploited an online-game like Black Desert Online sounds like insanity to us. We are hoping that the Courts in Texas are aware of the potential big ramifications of the case, if it gets the green light to go ahead.

What do you think?

What is your opinion on the lawsuit? Is this just a delusional player, or are the Botmakers really undermining his rights? Tell us your thoughts below.

Source: Black Desert Online sub-Reddit

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