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Report: Chinese police seize $46 million in raids on video game cheaters

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It’s being described as the “biggest ever video game cheat operation.”

According to the BBC, Chinese police and the video game behemoth Tencent worked together to break up the operation. The police reportedly seized $46 million including luxury cars. Ten people were arrested in the sting, which was called “Chicken Drumstick.”

“The gang designed and sold cheats to popular video games, including Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile,” BBC reports. “Subscription prices for users began at around $10 a day, and up to $200 a month.”

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As competitive gaming and esports have become more prevalent, cheating has become more of a concern. The gang behind the cheat operation reportedly sold the cheats. Subscriptions ranged from $10 a day to $200 a month.

The sting comes over a month after Activision banned 300,000 cheaters from Call of Duty: Warzone.

My Take

Considering the original source is Chinese state media, it’s hard to know how much of this is true and how much is embellished. But it’s clear that Tencent has a real stake in cracking down on video game cheaters.