Bungie, the developers of the popular game Destiny 2, are suing Twitter streamer Luca Leone for $ 150,000, alleging that he cheated on the game, threatened to burn down their headquarters and threatened one of their employees.
The lawsuit alleges that Leone, who tweets under the handle @inkcel, used third-party software to “unfairly take advantage of players without skill or integrity to succeed in the game on their own merits and level playing field, ruining the experience of playing Destiny 2 for Bungie’s great community of honest players »
Leone is also accused of threatening Bungie community manager Dylan Gafner. The lawsuit states that Leone tweeted that he lives thirty minutes away from Gafner, and that he followed up that tweet by writing “he is not safe”.
Leone had also previously tweeted a picture of Gafner’s employee brand with the hashtag “#NewProfilePic”.
“It’s a hot summer day in Portland and Dylan has just woken up from his restless sleep. He rolls over to pick up his phone so he can check twitter when he sees someone cheating with his full government name as their bungie ID, “Leone tweeted June 10, 2022, adding in a subsequent tweet” DYLAN GAFNER LMDOAOAOAOAO . ”
Leone is also said to have threatened to burn down Bungie’s headquarters in Seattle. On July 4, 2022, in response to a tweet asking if anyone was willing to commit arson in Seattle in exchange for payment, Leone replied that he was, and that the poster would get a discount if the target was Bungie.
The gaming company claims that Leone would stream footage of himself cheating in the game on the Twitch channel miffysworld, and would create new accounts to continue playing the game after he was banned for his behavior.
Bungie requires all players to perform an LSLA in order to play Destiny 2, which requires users to agree not to hack or modify the game, create or distribute software that gives players an unfair advantage, and other provisions designed to prevent cheating.
Destiny 2 is a free game whose income depends on players making purchases in the game. The lawsuit alleges that fraudsters are driving honest players away from the game, which reduces the sales of items in the game and damages the company’s bottom line.
Bungie also accuses Leone of selling non-transferable Destiny 2 emblems, which are digital art awarded for “performance in the game or real-world behavior.” Bungie claims that Leone sold badges that were only awarded to players who donated to specific charities, and that he not only stole from them, but also damaged the Bungie Foundation’s attempts to help various charities.
This is not the first time Bungie has taken legal action against fraudsters. In August 2021, Bungie and Ubisoft announced that they were jointly suing the fraudulent manufacturer Ring-1, and in June 2022, Bungie won a $ 13.5 million lawsuit against fraudster Elite Boss Tech.