Skillz, a mobile gaming developer has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that its rival, AviaGames, copied its products and used nonhuman “bots” in its money games to deceive customers. The case has been delayed by US District Judge Beth Labson Freeman until February 2, 2024, to allow Avia to prepare its defense.
The lawsuit claims that AviaGames utilized bots in its Pocket7Games mobile app suite of games, which allows players to play for free or for real money. Skillz and the plaintiffs in the proposed class-action lawsuit allege that Avia has regularly used automated software to play against players, making it harder for the players to win money.
Furthermore, AviaGames has been accused of patent infringement by Skillz since 2021, particularly in relation to the Pocket7Games app, which includes popular games such as Bingo Clash, 21 Gold, and Solitaire.
While AviaGames has denied using bots and rigging its games, Skillz maintains that the use of bots in games that are advertised as peer-to-peer contests involving money is illegal. The company claims that its competitor engages in the same conduct that it falsely accuses AviaGames of carrying out.
The ongoing legal battle has also led to a proposed class-action lawsuit against AviaGames, alleging that the company cheated its players by using bots. In response, AviaGames has stated that players must be 18 years or older to play cash games, and money games are prohibited in several states and territories.
The issue of the legality of bots in gaming is a contentious one, with bots being a common feature in many video games. However, the use of bots in games involving real money raises ethical and legal questions, especially when it comes to fair competition and consumer protection.
The outcome of the legal dispute between Skillz and AviaGames will likely have implications for the mobile gaming industry, particularly in relation to the use of bots and the protection of consumers in cash games. Ultimately, the case will be an important test of the legal boundaries in the rapidly evolving landscape of mobile gaming.