Hello I have a question about if game hacking is legal in Florida. What I mean by game hacking is making a software and selling it (not altering the games original code or selling anything with the games code in it, and does not ddos/attack the games servers, however it can be used against other players on their servers but it doesn't attack the server) but the software simply reads certain events in the game and then the program displays information you would normally not have

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    Does this answer your question? Does selling game hacks based on personal user agreement is legal? – Nij Apr 21 at 7:21
  • @Nij the only answer to that question seems entirely wrong. Just like the only current answer to this question, it has a reference to CFAA. Given that the question is about accessing one's own computer, I am not convinced by that answer or the answer here that CFAA applies. If it does, it would have to be explained in a better answer before we closing questions by linking them to answers that are poorly written. It's possibly a violation of DMCA, but there is no answer there or here which explains why. – grovkin Apr 21 at 7:45
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    The CFAA is clearly applicable because you are accessing a computer in a way you are not authorised to. And whether the answer is bad or not, the question is asking the same thing, closure as duplicate is the only appropriate response. – Nij Apr 21 at 7:58
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    And I am very sure that we should close as duplicate when any viable answer to one question will answer the other. – Nij Apr 21 at 8:03
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    Is this program specific to a small set of programs and is using such a program contrary to the EULA for those programs, or are there uses which do not violate the EULA? – user6726 Apr 21 at 18:27

Generally that depends on the EULA of the game. And you might violate the EULA you signed in the making of your hack, using the hack or even selling it! Let's spin an example:

Let's assume EULA contains this sentence from the Rockstar EULA:

You agree not to, and not to provide guidance or instruction to any other individual or entity on how to:

i [...] display, perform, prepare derivative works based on, or otherwise modify the Software, in whole or in part

In that case, by making it available, you are interfering into the contract (EULA) of your potential buyers with the game server owner - which is Tortious Interference and illegal.

Using the software, as well as making it is breach of contract and, that can make your whole endeavor illegal as you lost your license.

Heck, even modding can be considered a breach of that EULA, as became apparent for some Red Dead Redemption fan: He had already gotten a Cease and Desist on a previous project and then worked on another project, allegedly on an illegal copy of the (prequal) game... It went to court and it went through Arbitration and ended with a settlement making it for that fan illegal to ever work on any Take 2 or Rockstar game-related project forever. Oh, and it is entirely up to the company to decide if they want to pursue those breaches.

In the worst case, to facilitate your hack, you might need to interact with servers without allowance to do so, which can be Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations.


It's illegal

It's a breach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act which makes it a Federal Crime to access a computer "without authorization" or "in excess of authorization".

What you are proposing is beyond what the ToS allow so you are doing it "in excess of authorization". Thee activity could be defined as either Accessing a Computer and Obtaining Information with a penalty of 1 or 5 years or Accessing a Computer to Defraud and Obtain Value with a penalty of 5 years.

See MDY Industries, LLC v Blizzard Entertainment, Inc..

  • Downvoting. This is unrelated to the question asked. Obviously the fact of ownership of a computer gives one authorization to access it. – grovkin Apr 21 at 7:34
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    You don't own the game servers unless you are the game company. That is obviously not the case if you need to ask on Stack Exchange whether creating hacks for said game is illegal. – Nij Apr 21 at 7:57
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    Just to show how much of a nonsense this answer is, ending a program by instructing the operating system to terminate the program, without giving the program a chance to shutdown properly, would not be authorized by almost all programs' TOS. This would be illegal under the standard that your answer proposes. – grovkin Apr 21 at 7:57
  • @Nij the question stipulated that they would not be initiating communications with games servers. I get that they were unclear in their wording, but they did make it clear that the extent of their interaction with the game client would be limited to observing what is being done to their own computer. – grovkin Apr 21 at 8:00
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    @Nij typically such a "hack" will access information that is already on your computer. – user253751 Apr 21 at 9:21

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