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MMO Business Roundup: Chicken Drumstick, 9000 zombies, Valorant Mobile, Pantheon hiring, Secret World’s novels

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Welcome back to our semi-regular roundup of MMO and MMO-adjacent gaming industry news. Chicken Drumstick: Yes, I'm afraid this is a real thing. Vice's Motherboard...
Accurate.

Chinese police team up with Tencent to take down a video game cheating ring

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It was an illegal organization being taken down by the Chinese police force in a concentrated operation. It involved $76 million being made, with...

The Daily Grind: How should MMORPGs handle duping scandals?

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The title for today's Daily Grind isn't exactly what you think it is, so consider this a trick to see who read the whole...
Very mature.

74,000 WoW Classic accounts just got the banhammer for botting and other cheats

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This'll shock you, but not everyone playing WoW Classic is doing it for the thrill of an arguably more hardcore experience: Some people are...
We must ride like the wind.

Blue Protocol’s beta test starts with delays, heavy demand, and some notable software scanning

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The Blue Protocol beta finally started up! But it started up a bit later than expected because it turns out... lots of people wanted...
Well, maybe there's another oasis where they like cheaters.

Last Oasis declares that cheaters will not be tolerated within the game

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If you decide to cheat in Last Oasis, the developers do not like you. No, not if you're just testing it out. No, not...

Riot developer confirms Valorant has an anti-cheat process running in the background

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Many folks feel extremely strongly about multiplayer games that have anti-cheat processes that run when the game boots up, so we feel it fair...

Lawful Neutral: Cheating, copyright law, and the WoW Glider lawsuit

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I have fond memories of using the Game Genie on my NES. To my seven-year-old self, it was a godsend. So many Nintendo games...
We wouldn't want to assail your dignity.

Fortnite bans certain actions in competitive play to avoid cheating

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Good news, Fortnite players, you can be issued a ban for jumping during competitive play! Sort of, anyhow. See, Fortnite really doesn't want players signaling to...

No, Guild Wars 2 is not banning people using ArcDPS

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Since the beginning of October, there's been a growing hum in the Guild Wars 2 community over the incoming build and equipment swapping template...

Dota 2 issues decades-long bans against bad actors and account violators

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As I understand it, most MOBAs are unfriendly places, especially the larger ones like Dota 2. In an announcement made by Valve in a...
We don't mean anything bad!

A 16-year-old kid took Fortnite’s World Cup this weekend, pocketing $3M

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You know video games have arrived when esports is being covered on the front page of CNN, right? Such was the case last night,...

Cheating cheaters and the online video game companies that fight them

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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,...

Cheaters who were banned from a $30M Fortnite tournament win their way back in

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How does one who was banned for cheating in a Fortnite esports event make their way back into that same tournament? By having a...

Fortnite disqualifies pro player from $30M tourney over collusion scandal

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Ya know, there three really good ways to ensure you're never going to win the $30M Fortnite World Cup. One is to not play....
Support... this?

Fortnite bans over a thousand accounts to preserve tournament integrity

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When you're faced with a major competitive event in a game like Fortnite and you want to win the prize, you can do one of...

Apex Legends developers ban 355K cheaters as dataminers find new weapons

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Rising battle royale star Apex Legends just reduced its playerbase by 355,000 players. First, congratulations are in order for having enough players that banning 355,000 would...
FISHING REWARDS

Albion Online adds in anti-cheat software with its latest patch

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Cheating is bad in MMOs; we all know and accept this as a reality. Programs you don't really know about being installed on your...

Gamigo isn’t penalizing ArcheAge cheaters who exploited Erenor infusions

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Fans of drama are surely breathing a sigh of relief knowing that Gamigo isn't going to drop the ball that Trion handed off -...

EVE Online cheater accidentally exposes himself in a hilarious way

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We can probably all agree that cheating in an MMO is just not OK, but it can often be difficult for developers to positively...

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