As Sweden Earns ‘World Champion’ Title For Cheating In Esports, ‘Fortnite’ Is The Most Cheated Online Game: Report

As Sweden Earns ‘World Champion’ Title For Cheating In Esports, ‘Fortnite’ Is The Most Cheated Online Game: Report
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As Sweden Earns ‘World Champion’ Title For Cheating In Esports, ‘Fortnite’ Is The Most Cheated Online Game: Report

There is a human being behind every attack, and today’s cybercrimes are getting bolder and more cunning every day. According to the 2021 Global Threat Report, phishing attacks accounted for up to 79% of all intrusions (via hands-on keyboard activity) discovered by CrowdStrike Falcon OverWatch. Today’s rapidly changing remote work environment highlights that identity protection is critical to defending any company’s infrastructure. Also, since the shutdown, the game servers of several popular games have been compromised, followed by in-game cheating. Since the lockdown, since most of the land-based tournaments were held online, the DAU and MAU rates of competitive games are skyrocketing and because of that many players try to hack the servers or use aimbots and other cheats. And it’s the truth that cheating completely ruins the competitive integrity of online video games.

Not too long ago big name players like NICKMERCS and Vikkstar stopped playing tournaments and even stopped playing the call of duty: war zone game completely as the cheaters went crazy in the game.

Ruining the game with cheats affects both players and game developers. And cheats compromise the safety of their users and everyone else in the game. Historically, this has taken the form of DDoS and similar attacks. Today’s cheats carry the risk of privacy violations and malware in massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Express hacks like these Surfshark has released a report: Hacking Wins, which shared that Fortnite topped the list and has over 26 million views on YouTube on the top video related to cheating in the game. These are the key findings:

· The most cheated online game is Fortnitewith 26,822,000 views on YouTube for cheat-related videos.

· Fortnite has three times as many cheaters as the second ranked Supervisionwhich got 9,279,829 views.

· Aimbots account for twice as many cheat views as wallhacks for the 15 games in our study (43,228,197 vs. 26,340,664 views).

· Sweden is the country with the most cheats per capita, with 145 Google searches for cheats per million people.

At last count, the game’s 350 million users added up to nearly 10.5 million years of gaming. No wonder gamers are playing too. The aimbots of Fortnite they outnumber wallhacks 2:1, and are often used in conjunction with shooter bots to automatically aim and fire at opponents. Epic Games has “a zero tolerance policy for the use of cheating software” and under that popular Fortnite YouTuber FaZe Jarvis has received a lifetime ban from the game’s creators in September 2019 after he created a new account on the platform to show his viewers a gameplay video using the Aimbot hack to win games. The video that was uploaded to their official YouTube channel caused the suspension because it went against the game’s anti-cheating policy.

In September 2020, FaZe Jarvis made a brief return to the popular Battle Royale game. Fortnite with a Twitch broadcast, by hiding his tag, however, the game company quickly discovered his account and blocked him midway through the game.

Cheating in video games has always been considered illegal under the company’s terms and conditions, but it can only be considered illegal in the eyes of the law if a bill limiting cheating is passed.

The cheaters can be anyone, it can be you, me or the kids next door. According to figures in the report, Sweden holds the title of ‘World Champion’ for cheating, with the USA and Australia sharing second place. Sweden is known for its excellence in esports (example: the top three Swedes Fortnite players have combined winnings of more than $1 million), but it is important to note that electronic games are believed to be relatively free of cheating. Perhaps Sweden’s gaming cheat fringes are simply trying to emulate the skills of their local idols.

There are four main reasons why players cheat in a game: they are stuck, they want to play God, they are bored with the game, or they want to play as a God. The overwhelming reason most players cheat is that they get stuck. According to The professor of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Grzegorz Pochwatko, and the professor of the Universidade do Algarve, Jean-Christophe Giger, who are the authors of the book. Cheating in video games: causes and some consequences, they shared, “In laboratories (including VRLab, Institute of Psychology, PAS) we use computer games for research purposes. Whatever the main objective, in each game we will find ourselves with various tasks to complete, obstacles to overcome and opponents who will try to prevent us from achieving it. Facing difficulties while striving to achieve game goals can create the temptation to cheat. In many cases, cheaters can get away with it without any consequences of cheating in the digital reality of a game.”

Mainly, there are two types of cheats that are popular when it comes to FPS games, the first one is aimbots and the second one is wall hacking. Aimbot uses code information to auto-aim, while Wallhack provides the cheater with a live guide to exactly where their opponents are, even if they’re out of sight behind a wall.

But how do these cheaters cheat? Don’t worry, we won’t share it even if we know about it, because if we do, it might provoke/inspire someone else to cheat in games.

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