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SAN FRANCISCO—If you’re a developer of an online game, you’re probably used to treating cheaters like vermin that need to be exterminated in order to maintain the health of your game. But Clint Sereday and Nemanja Mulasmajic—Riot Games alumni and co-founders of anti-tamper company Byfron Technologies—argued in a GDC presentation that cheaters aren’t always simply the enemy; they can often be some of a game’s best players, customers, collectors, and content creators.
Attacking cheaters with a zero-tolerance, one-size-fits-all policy can be akin to attacking your game’s community, the pair argued. “Cheating is born out of a love for the game a lot of times,” Sereday said, and in those cases, seeking to reform or dissuade the cheaters can be more effective than trying to ban them.
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A sample video shows how computer vision (running on an external computer) detects the enemy and calculates how far the mouse needs to move to target that enemy.
When it comes to the cat-and-mouse game of stopping cheaters in online games, anti-cheat efforts often rely in part on technology that ensures the wider system running the game itself isn’t compromised. On the PC, that can mean so-called “kernel-level drivers” which monitor system memory for modifications that could affect the game’s intended operation. On consoles, that can mean relying on system-level security that prevents unsigned code from being run at all (until and unless the system is effectively hacked, that is).
But there’s a growing category of cheating methods that can now effectively get around these forms of detection in many first-person shooters. By using external tools like capture cards and “emulated input” devices, along with machine learning-powered computer vision software running on a separate computer, these cheating engines totally circumvent the secure environments set up by PC and console game makers. This is forcing the developers behind these games to look to alternate methods to detect and stop these cheaters in their tracks.
How it works
The basic toolchain used for these external emulated-input cheating methods is relatively simple. The first step is using an external video capture card to record a game’s live output and instantly send it to a separate computer. Those display frames are then run through a computer vision-based object detection algorithm like You Only Look Once (YOLO) that has been trained to find human-shaped enemies in the image (or at least in a small central portion of the image near the targeting reticle).
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For months now, popular Minecraft streamer Dream has insisted there was nothing fishy about six “Any% Random Seed” speedruns he streamed last October, despite evidence to the contrary presented by the moderators of clearinghouse Speedrun.com. Over the weekend, though, Dream said in a message posted to Pastebin that he had “actually been using a disallowed modification during ~6 of my live streams on Twitch,” while maintaining that he “didn’t have any intention of cheating.”
The admission seems to finally put to rest months of drama and dueling accusations between Dream and the mods, settling an argument that relied on complex mathematics to prove that Dream’s runs were vanishingly unlikely to be the result of random chance alone.
To understand the accusations at play here, first you have to understand just how much of a role luck plays in a top-level Any% speedrun of Minecraft and how ridiculously lucky Dream was in the streamed runs in question.
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Fiers revealed the cheating scheme by the Houston Astros, his former club, but he has fended off attention ever since. “He wants the game to be straightaway,” his father said.
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Cora, already fired by the team, was punished for his role in the Houston Astros’ case. Separately, a Red Sox replay operator also was punished and Boston will lose a second-round draft pick for its sign stealing.