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Cheating in Online Shooters

Ok fine, this isn’t a new topic. Cheating, whether it’s aimbot software, wall hacks, speed hacks or others has been going on for years. It’s also unfortunately very common, especially in PC lobbies. Recently, with crossplay between PC and consoles becoming more of a standard feature. Console gamers have now begun to experience the frustration of being killed by someone clearly utilizing cheats.

That’s not to say that if you turn off crossplay and stay in a console lobby you’re safe. There are cheating systems for consoles now also. While not yet as common as in PC gaming. This article from Input details just one method that is being utilized to cheat on console.

Popular titles like Call of Duty: Warzone are flooded with cheaters. Anytime a game grows in player population the number of cheaters unfortunately grows along with it. The problem has gotten so extreme, that Activision feels that it has affected its games, overall business, and player experience.  Activision has decided to sue Engine Owning, a major advertiser and supplier of cheat software. You can read more about it here.

You may be asking yourself. “Wait, what?” “Advertiser and supplier of cheating software?” “I thought that was stuff you could only find in some secret site on the dark web?”

To quote Bart Simpson, “au contraire mon frere!” All you have to do is a quick Google search to find all the cheating and hacking software you could ever want. Don’t believe me? Go ahead, try it.  Look up any shooter with “cheats” after the name. and you will find tons. I won’t link any here because I despise cheaters and what these sites are doing. I refuse to give them any free press.

These sites have extensive descriptions of the cheat packages they offer. Plus, give you guidance on which one you (the prospective cheater) should purchase, and how to use them without arousing suspicion. They even have well written excuses to convince you that using cheats isn’t bad. “Games are hard” they say, “Not everyone has the time to spend to get good” and “Everyone deserves a level playing field.”  Then, my absolute favorite that I found, “It’s not really fair that other people can stomp you, because they have more time to play.”

Yes, you read that correctly, they are trying to justify cheating and hacking citing fairness. It’s unbelievable. I can only hope that Activision wins this lawsuit, and that opens the doors to many similar lawsuits. I know that we will never stomp out cheats and hacks completely. Hopefully we can at least make it less easy to do.

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