Cheating cheaters and the online video game companies that fight them

How Overwatch, PUBG, and Apex Legends conduct the 'war against cheaters'


I’m so tired of cheaters in video games. Well, I mean, also cheaters at life, but we’re on a video game website, so today, my side-eyes are for those asshats who just keep ruining it for everyone even when they know they’re gonna get caught, like that jerk who was aimbotting so overtly in my husband’s Overwatch game last week that everyone on both teams reported him for wrecking up their competitive match.

As always, online gaming companies say they’re working on fresh new ways to counter the cheaters. For example, in Overwatch’s July update, Blizzard says it’s working on improved cheat detection that will “automatically shut down a much where [it] detect[s] cheating is happening,” thereby ensuring that “nobody on either side of the match is penalized for that match being shut down.” Aside from the cheater himself, of course.

PUBG is likewise talking cheat detection in a new video. It has an entire “anti-cheat unit” of devs, a response team that is constantly on the lookout for cheaters and their latest tactics.

And then there’s the team behind Apex Legends, which over the weekend posted an update on Reddit about its own anti-cheat efforts. “The war against cheaters will be ongoing and remains a high priority for us. There will always be work to do, improvements to make, and new things to adapt to.”

Light ’em up.

Source: Overwatch, Apex, PUBG
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