MassivelyOP’s Weirdest MMO Stories of 2020: Tencent and the Great Chili Sauce Fraud Caper


Today we’re finishing off our countdown of Massively OP’s weirdest MMORPG stories of 2020!

Coming in at #1 on our list is…

Chinese fraudsters posed as a famous chili sauce brand to get free keys out of Tencent — and it worked

“What you’re about to read is an account of how three guys in China defrauded Tencent under the guise of a famous chili sauce brand.” Thus began Chris’ account of an esports ad deal between Tencent and chili brand Lao Gan Ma in relation to mobile racing game QQ Speed; Tencent put the label on the event and even branded chili sauce cans with the promotional logo. Only it wasn’t really LGM: It was a trio of fraudsters who’d posed as LGM reps to sign the deal, all part of a scam to score game keys from Tencent for resale.

Yep, that happened.

Stay tuned for fresh year of weird stories coming in 2021, and don’t forget to check out our annual MMORPG awards and our Golden Yachties!

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