Hacking in online multiplayer games is quite common and the problem is growing. Games like Overwatch, PUBG, Battlefield, and Rainbow Six Siege are affected by hackers who cheat their way to the top. BBC recently did an investigative report on video game hacks and found that some of the top Rainbow Six Siege players cheat, use hacks to get to the top of the leaderboards.
BBC spoke with a hack creator who runs a small operation from the Netherlands. His identity is kept under wraps but according to him, some of the top players use cheats, in fact, some even use them during tournaments.
Recently India’s CSGO Pro “Forsaken” was caught using hacks during a tournament in India. Meanwhile, many Siege, PUBG, Overwatch, and Battlefield top-ranked players who cheat remain hidden due to the sophistication of these cheats. The cheat used by Forsaken wasn’t as sophisticated which makes you wonder how many global top players cheat and just aren’t caught yet.
First time I really made a cheat I was like ‘man, this is awesome I wanna do this mode’ it was only a hobby but then I realized that I can make a lot of money off of it because it’s the only job I have at the moment.
It could be fun for hackers to cheat and win the game but they ruin it for millions of others who enjoy the competition. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a great example of this its sizeable player base dwindle over time due to hacking.
With the rise of multiplayer games like Apex Legends, Fortnite, PUBG, Siege, and others, hackers see it as an opportunity to make money.
Video game creators take steps to ensure hackers aren’t an issue but their efforts aren’t enough to even keep the problem contained. PUBG took a drastic step to lock Chinese players in their region to make sure they don’t affect the rest of the world.
But hackers aren’t limited to China and region locking isn’t an option in all games.