Gaming company sues streamer for cheating and threatens to burn down headquarters
Bungie, the developer of the popular game Destiny 2, is suing Twitter streamer Luca Leone for $150,000 because he cheated on the game, threatened to burn down their headquarters and threatened one of their employees.
The lawsuit alleges that Leone, tweeting under the handle of @inkcel, was using third-party software to “gain an unfair advantage by players without the skill or integrity to succeed in the game on their own merit and on a level playing field, and that Destiny’s experience 2 playing for Bungie’s large community of honest gamers”
Leone is also accused of threatening Bungie community manager Dylan Gafner. The lawsuit states that Leone tweeted that he lives thirty minutes from Gafner and that he followed up that tweet by writing “he is not safe”.
Leone had also previously tweeted a photo of Gafner’s employee badge with the hashtag “#NewProfilePic”.
“It’s a hot summer day in Portland and Dylan has just woken up from his restless sleep. He turns to grab his phone so he can check twitter if he sees someone cheating with his full government name as their bungie ID,” Leone tweeted on June 10, 2022, adding in a subsequent tweet: “DYLAN GAFNER LMDOAOAOAOAO . ”
Leone also allegedly threatened to burn down Bungie’s Seattle headquarters. On July 4, 2022, Leone replied in response to a tweet asking if anyone was willing to set fire to Seattle in exchange for payment, and that the poster would get a discount if Bungie was targeted.
The games company claims that Leone would stream images of himself cheating on its Twitch channel, Miffy World, and create new accounts to continue playing the game after being banned for his behavior.
Bungie requires all game players to complete an LSLA 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 to prevent cheating.
Destiny 2 is a free game whose income is dependent on players making in-game purchases. The lawsuit alleges that cheaters drive honest players away from the game, reducing sales of in-game items and hurting bottom line.
Bungie also accuses Leone of selling non-transferable Destiny 2 decals, digital art awarded for “in-game performance or real-world behavior.” Bungie claims that Leone sold decals that were only awarded to players who donated to specific charities, and that he not only stole from them, but also harmed the Bungie Foundation’s efforts to help various charities.
This is not the first time Bungie has taken legal action against cheaters. In August 2021, Bungie and Ubisoft announced that they were jointly suing cheat manufacturer Ring-1, and in June 2022, Bungie won a $13.5 million lawsuit against cheat maker Elite Boss Tech.