Black Desert turns to its playerbase to hunt down cheaters for prizes

    
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In hindsight, this was a bad decision.

Daum EU is asking for help cracking down on cheating in Black Desert — from you.

“We invite each of you to join us in the Hacker Hunting Initiative as we bring the banhammer down on those who can’t cut it without cheating,” the studio wrote this morning. “We have setup a special queue for Hacker & Exploit Reports and going forward we will be rewarding those who submit video proof that confirms such activity.”

Daum says that Black Desert players who report bots, hackers, and griefers will be granted a smattering of in-game rewards and buffs, but don’t think you’ll be able to grief or exploit with the feature yourself.

“Now to be clear all submissions will be reviewed by our staff and the video needs to visibly include the server, channel, evidence of cheating and name of the player in question. When you submit a video as described above and it leads to the removal of the cheater you will earn one of the following rewards. Please note these rewards are only given to the first five confirmed reports and reports on players that have already been banned will not receive an reward. Once the investigation is complete and ban is finalized rewards will be sent out.”

Daum further says that it’s working on other anti-cheating measures too.

Source: Official forums. Thanks, Leiloni and Joel!
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AGx

I think it’s a good idea. Asking for video proof is a bit much because only a small portion of players actually bother to use software to do such a thing on a regular basis but I suppose it’s better than nothing. I personally have yet to see a single hacker (or at least one that’s disturbed MY game in any way, shape, or form) so I can’t help but think it’s a little exaggerated. Likely a case of a few bad apples who get around quite a bit. I mean, there’s only three servers and channel hopping isn’t a difficult thing to do so…

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melissaheather Afk fishing isn’t botting, though. Auto-fishing is actually an in-built game feature. In the K version there’s an auto-pathing system for strength training (via trade pack runs) that is conspicuously absent from the NA/EU release (perhaps in the Valencia update ^__^).
The botting people are probably referencing are people farming skeletons for rare drops like witches earing, summon scrolls, etc. I do a whole lot of pvp/gorup party farming, and have yet to encounter it, though like anything I guess individual’s mileage may vary here.
The only explicit hacking I’ve heard of is 2nd-hand information from people like some of the community streamers:  

melissaheather
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melissaheather

The only instances of botting that I ever see are people AFK fishing.  And that doesn’t really bother me much.  I prefer to not run my PC all night, but others can if they want to.

Vexia
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Vexia

Silverlock Vexia enamelizer Wow, that’s some incredibly bad game design. Mechanics are mechanics, but reporting is a necessary quality of life feature for the community. That gives some more insight into why they’re apparently rewarding players for making reports, but they should not be punishing legit players for reporting cheaters in the first place by giving it a cost like that.

Silverlock
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Silverlock

melissaheather Do you still see gold spammers? I haven’t seen a gold spammer post in over a week.

Silverlock
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Silverlock

Vexia enamelizer It used to take 30 energy to report players, that much energy take 90 minutes online to regenerate.  Now you just need a token but I don’t know how you get it so I couldn’t report someone if I wanted to. On the other hand I haven’t seen a gold seller post in over a week.

Observer98
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Observer98

Just another bot-ridden hackers’ wet dream Asian game.

/yawn

solaralune
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solaralune

Do we need to buy bounty hunter badges with real money and spend energy do so, as well?

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paragonlostinspace

mysecretid Leilonii  Agreed on Marvin, that is what actually totally makes this picture what it is. Great work by the artist.

Elirion
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Elirion

Draxos Yeah, it’s real funny.  /sarc  These hackers are trying to ruin a great game.  They are increasing the costs of new games by forcing the devs to waste development time on preventing hacks, limiting the types of combat systems they can use because everything has to be pulled server side which slows everything down, and causing a reduction in players due to the inequities this breeds.  Real funny.