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Tencent & Chinese Police bust worlds biggest cheat operation (£55m worth of assets)

cormack12

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56579449

The gang designed and sold cheats to popular video games, including Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile. Roughly $76m (£55m) in revenue was made by the organisation which charged a subscription fee to clients.

Police seized assets worth $46m, including several luxury cars.



The operation was called "Chicken Drumstick", and had a website selling to "hundreds of countries and regions", local media reported. Subscription prices for users began at around $10 a day, and up to $200 a month.

With players able to win millions in gaming tournaments around the world, a crackdown on cheating has intensified in recent years. In 2019, a survey revealed around a third of gamers admit to using cheats to improve their chances online. Several high-profile gamers have also quit platforms over the rise of cheating on some games.

Cheating is literally ruining gaming and large companies like Tencent know it. This latest operation shows how seriously the Chinese company, and other games-makers, are taking the issue. It comes off the back of large public displays of aggression towards cheaters in other titles like Warzone and Fortnite.

The story also shows just how lucrative these cheat-hacking operations have become. What used to be a cottage industry of hackers exposing glitches in the code of games has now become a massive criminal enterprise.
 

Thirty7ven

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Really? The police are after videogame cheaters?

Oh they didn't pay the taxes.
 

Schmick

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Can there ever be a time when a game cannot be altered to facilitate cheating.
 

Sidesalad

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People were literally spending $10 a day to cheat? Were they entering tournaments, or did they just care that much about winning?
 

killatopak

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People were literally spending $10 a day to cheat? Were they entering tournaments, or did they just care that much about winning?
it’s big in the streaming business. There’s been several people caught using cheats.

If you don‘t have a beautiful/handsome face and no personality, skill is your only hold in it. If you suck as well then good luck. Though, there are people who have good looks and/or personality yet still cheat anyway as it brings a difference audience to their stream.
 
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Orta

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Things have come a long way from Up, down, left, right, A+Start on title screens!
 
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you can go to jail in China for cheating. tell me a european country or any other where theres similar laws
You tend to go to jail for fraud in most countries.Tell me how many EU countries
Oh. Surely you mean that Tencent and all lootboxes, predatory mobile gaming companies should have their CEOs go to jail.
Most Chinese companies should go to jail. China is the biggest country for IP theft in the world. S
 
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