How Do Developers Solve Game Hacks and Cheats? (part 3)
Even games that have been around for almost a decade can’t avoid this new wave of attacks. Valve has been struggling against the massive cheater in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive since the title was available for free download more than a year ago. The company has invested heavily in anti-fraud efforts, using the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system to automatically detect fraudulent software installed on the computer. Valve also offers other options, including a system that allows longtime gamers to monitor matches and manage the gaming community.
John Mcdonald, the software development manager at Valve, shared that they realized that for some people, game cheating was the biggest goal and they would always come back no matter how many accounts we banned. more.
There are ways to combat fraud that cause countless controversy in the gaming community. Riot has introduced a new anti-fraud engine called Vanguard. This software will always run in the background on the computer, even when the game is turned off. However, fans expressed concern about security breaches and Riot was forced to review how Vanguard worked. The player can turn off the software, but must restart the computer if you want to play Valorant.
One of the core problems of this problem lies in the Microsoft Windows operating system itself. Most PC games are developed to run on the platform, but it is Windows’ open element that allows fraudsters to easily create cheat and hack software. There cannot be a tool that can prevent fraud in all games and game makers are forced to develop their own anti-virus software.
Some tools, such as BattEye, have conflict with Windows 10 updates, or lead to other applications on the computer to crash. Microsoft developed its anti-fraud system called True play, but it is only available on Windows Store applications – an app store that many game makers are no longer interested in. True play disappears after a short time of existence in a test version of Windows 10.
Unlike PC, gaming consoles like PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch rarely have to deal with fraud. The closed nature of these systems does not allow hackers to develop cheat software easily. This does not mean that the lines of fraudulent clean machine, typically the battle of hacking rampant in the game Modern Warfare 2 many years ago. However, modern gaming machines have basically solved this problem
Riot also awarded people who discovered flaws in the company’s anti-fraud system. The developers of the Valorant game have increased the reward to $ 100,000 for each vulnerability that seriously compromises the privacy and security of Vanguard software.
Valorant is still in the closed beta testing phase, but this game will be a first test to prove that strong, controversial measures suggest that this is an anti-fraud solution. effective or not. Meanwhile, game makers are still headache in the search for answers to this problem.