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GDC 2021: Navigating player behaviors and cheating in online video games

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GDC 2021 has now offered several panels on player behavior and cheating that are aimed at devs but still provide some good information for...

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...
I hate this.

Valorant has so far found and banned over 8,000 cheaters, causing sweet cheater tears to flow

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As contentious as Valorant's Vanguard anti-cheat process has been, it appears to be yielding some results. According to a tweet from anti-cheat pipeline designer...
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...

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...
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,...
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...

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...

MapleStory 2 staffer caught using GM powers to benefit personal account

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Someone at Nexon's MapleStory 2 team has been up to no good, according to a recent producer blog. Following the game's head start, "the...
A prison of your own making.

Fortnite players download a hack and wind up hacked themselves

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It turns out that when you download third-party hacks designed to help you cheat in a game, the people you are downloading them from...

Guild Wars 2 takes action against PvP match manipulation

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Even if you're a winner you could be still be a loser in Guild Wars 2 -- if you cheat. ArenaNet announced that it...
Snap.

The Daily Grind: Would you cheat in an MMO if you could get away with it?

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A friend of mine in Final Fantasy XI cheated at one point in a way no one was ever going to find out. He...
BANNED, you're all BANNED.

Mother of Fortnite cheater claims that her 14-year-old son is being used as a scapegoat

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Last month, Fortnite developer Epic sued two alleged associates of a cheating software site as part of the studio's hard-line approach to cheaters. Makes...

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds tops 2.3M concurrency, bans a fraction of that

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Here's a fun game that we play around the Massively OP office: A troublemaker will come in and loudly proclaim, "You know what's a...

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