Valve and Ubisoft Ban Thousands of Cheaters in Dota 2 and Rainbow Six Siege; Here Is All You Need to Know
The beauty of online games is that the gamers get to both play with as well as against others from all around the world. The fun of these titles disperses when cheaters enter the scene and ruin the experience in the lobbies. Though most games, if not all multiplayer games, come with anti-cheat measures, the arrival of cheaters starts a cat and mouse game between the devs and hackers. Game developers continue to come up with newer and better security measures to catch these cheaters and teach them a lesson.
Valve releases a honeypot
Dota 2, one of the popular titles in the online gaming scene recently announced that they have banned 40,000 players permanently. These players were caught using third party software while playing the game. Through the third-party software, these players were able to get an unfair advantage while playing the game.
Valve, the developer of Dota 2, released a patch that allowed them to find the players that had used the cheating software. They did this by deploying a honeypot which is a ‘section of data’ that can only be read by the third-party software and not during normal gameplay. Honeypots are a regular way for security enforcers to find hackers in a system. The Dota 2 honeypot allowed Valve to secretly identify the cheaters and permanently ban them from the game.
Ubisoft Bans Around 19,000 Accounts
On the topic of bans, Ubisoft has joined Valve to punish game cheaters. A recent tweet by Ubisoft Support account states that they identified a vast number of “fraudulent exploits” within the titles under their belt. Their code of conduct has a zero-tolerance policy against these exploits. Therefore, close to 19,000 players have been served with an “account level sanctions”.
Recently we have identified accounts making use of a fraudulent exploit within our titles. Ubisoft has a zero tolerance policy against fraudulent practices as per our Code of Conduct. As a result, we will be applying account level sanctions on the nearly 19k accounts involved.
— Ubisoft Support (@UbisoftSupport) February 21, 2023
Rainbow Six Siege’s New Anti-Cheat Measure: Mousetrap
The fight against cheaters does not stop here as Ubisoft has also worked to punish Rainbow Six Siege cheaters. They have just announced their newest anti-cheat measure, Mousetrap. The developers have been working on a software that allows them to collect data on the users that have been spoofing. This refers to players using a keyboard and mouse in the console version of the title. For the people unaware, this gives spoofing players a better advantage than the ones playing the game with a console controller.
Developers have been able to detect which players are spoofing and when they are doing it. Moreover, they have also learned that spoofing is becoming more prevalent in the higher ranks of the game. They could have banned these players from the game but have decided to go with a different approach.
From Y8S1.2, Mousetrap will be working to remove the advantage that spoofing brings to the game. Not only that, but the developers will also start adding extra latency to the gameplay of players that are spoofing. It will start off as an unnoticeable change, but will gradually increase through matches to punish the cheaters.
We’ve put out the 🧀, now it’s time to catch some 🐁
Check out Rainbow 6 Siege’s newest anti-cheat measure, Mousetrap, coming in Y8S1.2. pic.twitter.com/T1jLl3LtTS
— Rainbow Six Siege (@Rainbow6Game) February 18, 2023