Bungie decided it's time to take the gloves off and are now spanking wrongdoers left and right, with the latest being a DMCA abuser on YouTube.
Destiny 2 , just like any other multiplayer game has encountered issues with cheats and when Bungie had enough of it, they started going after the cheat makers hard. Not long after that, several cheat makers outright refused to sell cheats for Destiny 2 while one of the most prominent ones, Elite Boss Tech, eventually had to settle to pay the studio $13.5 million for the damage the cheats caused.
The latest incident where the Bungie's legal team was involved showed they are keeping the heavy-handed attitude with a clear message not to mess with the game or its community.
Nicholas Minor, alias Lord Nazo, got salty after his Destiny-related videos on YouTube got DMCA takedown notices near the end of 2021. In early 2022, he created fake Gmail accounts in order to pretend he works for CSC, the firm Bungie employs for brand protection.
From that point in time, Minor issued a series of DMCA takedowns on YouTube in Bungie's name, including the ones from high-profile content creators like the loremaster known as My Name is Byf. He repeated the incident for a total of 96 times, doing damage to everyone in his sights.
Bungie started investigating and was helped by Google, who provided the IP address of the malicious actor, leading to his identification. This little stunt is set to cost Minor dearly as Bungie recently filed a lawsuit for $7.6 million .
Since the lawsuit is in the early stages, it's hard to determine how it will go in the end and how much Bungie will manage to pocket in the end but it's not excluded the case will end in a settlement. That said, the chunky payment from Elite Boss Tech shows settlements can end up pretty costly as well.