Chinese police have busted what’s claimed to be the world’s biggest video game cheat business.
The gang involved reportedly designed and sold cheats for popular online games, including Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile. According to authorities, the group made roughly $76m (£55m) in revenue via subscription fees charged to clients.
Subscription prices for users began at around $10 a day, and up to $200 a month.
The operation was called “Chicken Drumstick”, and had a website selling to hundreds of countries and regions”, it’s claimed.
Kunshan police found and destroyed 17 cheats and arrested 10 people in connection with the ring. They claimed the bust was the “world’s biggest” for a cheating ring, due to the large sums of money and games involved.
The issue of cheating in online games has become more prominent in recent years, as professional esports and games like Fortnite took off.
The technology, which is used to “secure both online gameplay as well as securely reward offline progress”, has been used for over a decade to protect “over 2 billion unique game installs” across 1,000 PC, console and mobile titles, according to Denuvo.