Leaderboard: What do you do when you see cheating in an MMO?

Although the videos are gone now, a group of Chinese net cafe players apparently resorted to violence in response to rampant speed hacking in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, “roughing up” the hackers who dared to cheat while their victims watched on from the same room and decided to do something about.

I think we can safely say that violence is probably not the answer to video game cheating, however vindicating it may feel. So what is? I thought it would make for an interesting Leaderboard to find out what you do. Whenever I come upon cheaters, I usually just report and move on with my life, but other people take these things to extremes, I know, and those extremes may actually be more productive for getting the studio to take notice. Let’s hit the polls and find out.

What do you do when you see cheating in an MMO? (Choose as many as apply.)

  • Nothing. (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Report. (40%, 113 Votes)
  • Ignore/block/blacklist. (17%, 48 Votes)
  • Call it out in chat. (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Collect proof and send it to the studio. (9%, 26 Votes)
  • Collect proof and post it to Reddit/social media. (2%, 5 Votes)
  • Quit the game. (7%, 19 Votes)
  • Harass the cheater out-of-game in some way. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Join in the hacking in order to seek revenge. (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Join in the hacking in order to compete. (1%, 2 Votes)
  • None of the above. (1%, 4 Votes)
  • No response / elf butts / just want to view tally. (7%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

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If what they’re doing doesn’t impact me in any way, and 99% of the time it can’t, then I don’t care. What are you going to do? Cheat and get some high level armor or weapon? I’ll get it eventually anyway and there’s always someone who will get it faster than me so why do I care if cheater guy gets it faster than me? I really don’t.

Roger Christie

Shrug and go about my way. I’m not in competition with anyone.


One of my favorite systems for combating gold farmers was in Rift. You could tell who were bots as they would just run back and forth between nodes where mobs spawned. Rift gave you free fireworks that you could throw at people and would replace their weapon and instead would shoot fireworks and deal no damage to the mobs. The botters would then just die to the mobs. It was hilarious.

Zen Dadaist

I collect evidence, report it with said evidence via the proper GM/CS/etc procedure and then I will call the cheaters out directly in game via whatever in-game channels are relevant. I will warn others as well. Social blacklisting can be surprisingly effective.

I don’t name and shame in forums or elsewhere outside of the game because that’s always against the codes of conduct and the last thing I want to do is muddy the waters, get them sympathy or get myself into trouble. I absolutely effing HATE cheating in multiplayer games because it ruins it for those around the cheater and I will follow the game’s rules to the letter to get a cheater to stop. But outside the game? No. No social media harassing, no hacking, no doxxing etc. That’s going way too far.

possum440 .

“I think we can safely say that violence is probably not the answer to video game cheating”

Wrong…..violence is always the answer.

When some gamer thinks they can destroy your time and effort without consequence? Violence is the only way to go. Take the cheating POS’s computer and beat them over the head with it until they fall unconscious…and…andthenbeatthemwiththekeyboardthemousetheperipheraltaking wantonabandonuntil…until…

*lights a cigarette* *wipes blood from his hand. Ahhhh.


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Normally, nothing. I don’t PvP much, so it rarely impacts me directly. In WoW’s Arathi Basin, once, I saw some folks using some blatant hacks (apparently teleporting, instant flag claims, etc.) and reported them to customer service.



Bryan Correll

I’m not a violent guy and don’t think beating someone up over a videogame is at all acceptable.


Let’s be honest. I can’t be the only one that got a smirk of satisfaction on the first reading. I’m not proud of it, but there it is.

Bryan Gregory

Violence is obviously not the answer. I’ve gotta say though, you would not BELIEVE the amount of people that cheat. It’s way way way more common than you think or realize. Sometimes it makes me feel pretty down, since I don’t like cheating, never do it, and I feel as though cheaters are ruining the integrity of the game, which is an odd thing to do towards something you enjoy.

Cheating isn’t always noticeable. There are ways to cheat beyond basics like speed hacks and teleport hacks. I have a friend that makes and sells hacks for a living. It’s depressing how much money he makes off of it. He has done things that I have no idea how they’re possible. Things in AAA MMOs that you feel likely have damn good security, but don’t. He’s done things like bypass the global cooldown in a certain mainstream MMO. And in other not-so-AAA MMOs, he’s enabled god mode as well as 1 shotting every thing in a whole zone at once… It just makes me wonder, if my friend is doing it, just what in the hell other people are out there doing. Probably taking it much further, I’m sure. And we may never even notice. One time he found a security flaw in a website that sells hacks and gained access to every e-mail address that had purchased the hack. It was a very, very long list. It’s so sad.

It’s made me realize just how little the server knows of what is going on. It sort of cracks me up now when you see someone mention a cheater and that the GM can “check the logs.” lol. Little do they know, the logs actually tell you next to nothing. And the tiny amount they do tell you, probably doesn’t help at all to prove someone is cheating.


In my experience, if you call it out in chat, nobody will believe you. I report and move on.