Ark: Survival Evolved has a nifty “Bounty Program” that rewards individuals for reporting potential game hacks and exploits. Today, the developer posted on the game’s Steam Page to announce user ZeroDay(++) to be the program’s first “legitimate, confirmed bounty.”
According to the announcement, the user had unearthed a dangerous exploit that had the capabilities to cause the servers to crash or worse. After being contacted today, the developer took just an hour in reproducing the exploit and hence, confirming its authenticity. Once done, it rewarded ZeroDay(++) with a $100 cash bounty.
Again, we offer $100 bounties for anyone who can provide us with hacks of any kind (which are NOT aimbots/esp/speedhacks) that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability on our official, online servers. Feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with details.
As requested, if you come across any security loopholes or game exploits, send Studio Wildcard a mail about it. If not for the cash prize, do it to help the game mend its fences for the community.
Ark: Survival Evolved is currently in Early Access and plans to remain as such for the next year. The action-adventure survival game is looking at a June 2016 release for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.