Ever since the beginning of video games, people have been finding ways to unfairly gain the upper hand by employing various tricks
Sometimes, these cheaters manage to get away unpunished! But there are situations where they are caught red handed and shamefully exposed in front of the entire gaming community.
Without further ado here are ten times that hackers, matchfixers, aimbot users and even screen-cheaters got caught–and were publicly humiliated for their appalling actions.
Number 9 – Overwatch
Kid X, a top 200 Overwatch Player and high-profile streamer on the Korean server, was banned for using an aimbot. However, this ban didn’t happen privately since Kid X was streaming when the banhammer fell on him.
His use of an aimbot wasn’t hidden at all, Blizzard was able to find out almost immediately and managed to shut down Kid X’s account midstream.
And because this gaming company has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to dealing with cheaters, Kid X’s ban is permanent.
Number 8 – Guildwars
Darkside was a notorious hacker and he terrorized the Guildwars PvP scene for weeks. His character being dreadfully strong, nearly impossible to kill, and having the power of teleportation.
The player was reported thousands of times before the head of security for the game took control and seized Darkside’s avatar, Walked him up to the high place where all could see, stripped the character naked, made him wave goodbye, then sent him falling to his death. Of course, followed by a permanent ban.
Number 7 – MLG
In the finals of the MLG 2012 summer championships, Team Dignitas and Curse NA shocked the crowd. The teams met before the game and decided to split the prize money regardless of the outcome and settled on playing the game as an all random all mid match where each player picks a random champion and both teams fight only in the middle of lane the map.
Of course, MLG found out about their fraudulent deal and disqualified both teams.
Number 6 – CoD
Fat games, a CoD4 team, decided to try to pull off one of the dumbest cheating attempts of all time.
They gave one of their new players, who hadn’t been playing long enough to compete, the login details of the player he was replacing on the team.
They got caught and were turned in immediately. Both Diablo (with a 1), the new kid, and the person who gave him the login details, were banned for six months, and the league deducted major points from Fat games.
Number 5 – LoL
At the League of Legends world championships in 2012 Korean team, Azubu Frost was caught cheating the old-fashioned way: peeking at the other teams’ screens.
Okay, the didn’t ACTUALLY look at their opponents’ screens. But they did occasionally peek up at the big screen situated above them which displayed the locations of everyone in the game.
Their cheating resulted in a massive scandal and a fine of thirty thousand dollars.
Number 4 – CS:GO
Similar to the Kid X incident, this scandal involves high profile players using aimbots. Professional CS:GO players KQLY and SF, of Titan and Epsilon, respectively, were caught using aimbot software in late 2014. Both teams fired the cheaters from their rosters, and even though KQLY used the software for a week outside of competitive context, he was still punished. This debacle led to a bunch of other bans, some justified, some not. The developers of H1Z1 went on a massive banning spree
Both teams fired the cheaters from their rosters, and even though KQLY used the software for a week outside of competitive context, he was still punished. This debacle led to a bunch of other bans, some justified, some not.
Number 3 – H1Z1
The developers of H1Z1 went on a massive banning spree after reports of thousands of hackers came to their attention.
After the bans, many of the cheaters sent messages to the devs asking for forgiveness in hopes that they’d be allowed to play again. The developers decided to lift their bans, but only on one condition: anyone that wanted back in had to make a YouTube video explaining what they did to deserve the ban in the first place, and then apologize publicly for their actions.
Number 2 – CS:GO
A CS:GO league player from ESP was banned mid-match during an ESEA livestream and everything was caught on tape as a viewer captured the exact moment when the cheater was booted from the game.
Flex was playing as a stand-in for a couple of matches and the team leader, as well as the whole team, had no idea he was actually using a cheating program.
Anyway, after being caught in the act Flex was banned and expelled from ESP.
Number 1 – FIFA
A jury in Texas found Anthony Clark guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud after he and another three hackers found a way of mining in game FIFA currency and selling it to other players. The thing is that EA makes money off of these coins, so deciding to interfere with their in-house business kind of means you’re directly stealing from them.
Because these hackers weren’t the brightest bunch, they transferred the money directly to their bank accounts, so you can see how simple it was for the authorities to find out who they were. When you decide to cheat in a videogame, you have to make sure you don’t make any money out of it, because otherwise you’ll be legally facing charges, similar to the FIFA case previously. Two seventeen year olds and one college freshman
were making millions of yen from posting and selling cheats online until the developers of Sudden Attack received complaints regarding the cheats. So they decided to call the police and report the ongoing scam. As a result, the group of “businessmen” got themselves a couple of charges for online fraud. This was our list featuring some sneaky players that thought they’d get away with it and we hope you’ve enjoyed our video.