It was Game Over for what the Chinese authorities say was the world’s largest gang of video game hackers. Ten people were arrested for selling cheating software for best-selling games, including Call of Duty and Overwatch.
Authorities seized $ 76 million, along with luxury cars and other items from the alleged illegal business.
Cheating has become an epidemic inalso known as competitive video games, and as CBS News’ Lucy Craft reports, it has provided fertile ground for
Serkan Toto, a video game analyst, said that fraud syndicates such as the one busted in China and hackers have long operated with impunity.
“They are extremely professional. If you look at any of the website offerings, they have shopping carts, they have price lists, they have customer service,”
China’s attacks reveal the dark side, where top stars playing solo or in teams earn seven figures.
Online gaming grabs so many eyeballs that it has become a political tool. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live streamed herself and played on the Twitch gaming platform last year while hundreds of thousands were tuned.
Japan has an entire hotel dedicated to. Hotel e-ZONe opened last year in the western Japanese city of Osaka. Manager Takahiro Shimamoto said most adult customers check into the hotel on Friday and play all weekend. Sardine-like bunks bathed in arcade lighting are available upstairs for guests.
Most people do not have lightning-fast reflexes as professional players, something that makes cheating so irresistible for some. Instead of being crushed in competition, the use of cheats can give players a sniper’s goal and let them see through walls like Superman.
Esports lags behind in Japan compared to neighboring South Korea and China, where they have seen astronomical growth, but online players are known to take shortcuts wherever they are.
“When we first opened [the hotel]”We caught three cheaters,” said Shimamoto.
This year, close to half a billion fans are expected to watch Esports. With revenues on their way to the top $ 1 billion, defeating the industry’s scam plague will remain at the center.