Activision Sues COD Cheat Distributor EngineOwning

Activision is Taking EngineOwning to Court

Activision is doubling down on its approach to players caught cheating online. The massive video game publisher has been specifically targeting players who use software like that distributed by EngineOwning in recent months. They have banned players from Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard. But now Activision has seemingly turned its attention to one of the companies enabling these cheaters.

EngineOwning is a platform that has been distributing cheats and hacks for different multiplayer games since 2014.  However, the company may soon be paying the price for providing these advantages to Call of Duty players thanks to Activision’s intervention.


Activision filed a lawsuit yesterday, claiming that EngineOwning’s development and sale of these various modifications and cheats directly violate the company’s publisher rights. The company also provides a long history, dating back to Modern Warfare 3. It details the various cheats and hacks EngineOwning has produced.

Activision is demanding the company immediately put a stop to “unlawful conduct” in their games. They are asking the court to prevent the sale of “malicious software products designed to enable members of the public to gain unfair competitive advantages”.

Moreover, the lawsuit goes further than the Call of Duty games. Activision also mentions a possible Overwatch hack EngineOwning is working on, which was teased in a tweet as recently as yesterday.

This is not the company’s first interaction with cheat distributors. Activision has also successfully shut down cheat manufacturers in the past. But what exactly will come of this lawsuit remains to be seen. However, it is clear Activision is doubling down on targeting cheating software and those that use it.

What do you think this means for Call of Duty going forward?