You wouldn’t think Elite Dangerous would be the site of so much drama, but it’s offering up the goods this week. Yesterday, one of the game’s community managers posted a statement about cheating in the game that reminds players that it is “continuously” working to combat cheaters and hackers.
“When it comes to taking actions against accounts we have identified as using cheats, we review every report on a case by case basis. While there has been a level of discussion regarding these cheats within the community recently, we can assure people that the number of people using these are a very tiny number of players. We are still working on new and improved ways of stopping these cheats and tracking and measuring activity now and in the past. We strongly advise that no player runs Elite Dangerous using a cheat client, hack, software mod etc as this will put your account at risk now, and in the future. We also advise against promoting or publicising of any programs which claim to mod/hack or cheat for Elite Dangerous. Doing so can give players a false sense of legitimacy regarding these programs and ultimately lead to increased risk to players accounts. Rest assured that we continue to actively work on and address cheating in all forms and will continue to do so.”
The memo seems to be an indirect response to a protest carried out by a player who rather publicly blockaded Jameson Memorial by abuusing hacks, apparently in anger over the “perceived inaction” of Frontier Developments on the cheating and hacking front. There’s significant debate on the official forums and Reddit over whether the player’s actions were actually altruistic, however; he’s apparently been accused of past cheating too. Regardless, it does appear that Frontier banned him following this latest event.