Ever since the beginning of games, people have been finding ways to unfairly gain the upper hand. These cheaters sometimes get away, but that’s almost always not the case. Here are 8 times that hackers, match-fixers, aimbot-users, and even screen-cheaters got caught red-handed.
KiD x – Overwatch
KiD x, a top-200 Overwatch player and high profile streamer on the Korean server, was banned for using an aimbot. However, this ban didn’t happen in privacy- KiD x was streaming when the ban hammer fell. His use of an aimbot wasn’t hidden at all. Blizzard found out almost immediately and shut down KiDx’s account mid-stream. Blizzard has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to dealing with cheaters, so KiDx’s ban is permanent.
Darksider- Guild Wars 2
In ArenaNet’s MMO Guild Wars 2, cheaters were not tolerated. One look at the case of player Darksider will let you know that they meant business. Darksider was a notorious hacker- he terrorized the MMO’s PvP zones for weeks. The player’s character was impossibly strong, nearly impossible to kill, and had the power of teleportation. The player was reported thousands of times before the head of security for the game took control. He seized the Darksider’s account (and all accounts associated with him) and humiliated him. He took control of the avatar, walked him up to a high place where all could see, stripped the character naked, made him wave goodbye, then sent him falling to his death (and a permanent ban). There was some controversy about ArenaNet handling the hacker problem unprofessionally, but there’s no denying that it was hilarious.
League of Legends Match Fixing
This one is the 1919 World Series of eSports. In the finals of the MLG 2012 Summer Championships, Team Dignitas and Curse NA shocked the crowd. Instead of a normal match, the game was played “All-Random, All-Mid” where each of the players picks a random champion and both teams only play in the middle lane of the map (which has 3 lanes and a jungle). Dignitas and Curse met before the game and decided to split the prize money regardless of the outcome, and settled on playing a game of “ARAM”. The cheaters were of course found out, and MLG disqualified both teams. No one was banned, but the final was a disaster for MLG, who were just trying to put on a respectable professional competition.
Player Killer – Red Dead Redemption
In Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption online, cheating isn’t outright punished. Rather, the game turns against you. If a player racks up enough player complaints (from things like hacking), Rockstar will brand him or her a player killer- a title that carries a lot of weight. The punishment makes it hard to find friendly people online and comes with another, more brutal stipulation. You stick out like a sore thumb to both other players and NPC’s- you have a permanent wanted level.
D1ablo – Call of Duty 4