Activision Blizzard has been quietly suing individual citizens for what they claimed to be, 'file sharing', however, later cases revealed it was actual hard copies of games they were dealing with. Out of six cases dealt with, almost all settled by a $100,000 settlement. Hardly none of the defendants had any kind of representation. In most cases, the defendant's "papers were filed, they agreed to pay, and it was all over". But the funny thing was, afterward, the defendants later exposed how they were "scared" into costly settlements by experienced attorneys who have dealt with similar cases before having to do with infringements and the game they were accused of pirating, Call of Duty 3 never actually held true evidence that it was infringed upon.
When the defendants were finally charged with these misdemeanors, their settlements were partly based upon the material infringed, home equity value, and the number of cars they owned. The total amount of settlements from the game brought in at least $300,000, more revenue than the game was producing on its own. Skeptical? The consistency of settlement and their basis are questionable. Settlements ranging from $100,000 and $1,000 only bring attention to the motives behind the companies efforts to counter piracy.