Why Are Video Game Cheaters Big Business?
For years, video game cheaters—people that either cheat or are cheaters of games—have been a pain to game developers. With the growing popularity of mobile gaming, however, cheating in mobile games has become a more pressing issue. It looks like the mobile gaming industry is finally taking steps to curb this problem.
It is tempting to blame video game hacks for the rise of video game cheats. After all, cheats are not the only reason some games are cracked. However, the reality is that cheats are the main reason why software piracy has exploded to unprecedented levels. This is a problem that has been going on for decades, yet game developers are only now waking up to the scale of the problem.
Some people claim that video game cheats are ruining the video game industry, and they are not entirely wrong. Cheats allow gamers to cheat their way through games, essentially breaking them in order to make them easier or more fun. These cheats allow you to skip in-game text, help you collect items you would normally not get, and even grant you an unfair advantage over other players. Some people think that cheats ruin the video game industry because they disrupt other players’ ability to enjoy the game and don’t allow them to experience it at its correct difficulty.
Video game cheats have been around for nearly as long as the games themselves. But in the last few years, the cheats have gotten a lot more sophisticated. The money behind these cheats is mind-boggling, to say the least. In 2010, the software development company Cheat Engine made $6 million through the sale of cheat software. For 2011, they were expecting to make $30 million.
Video game cheats are big business. Over the years, cheats have been a way for developers to get around the anti-cheating measures that are built into games. These measures include bans on the use of special controllers and sometimes even the ability to alter the game’s code itself. But some programmers have found a way around that, too. Instead of altering the code, they have found ways to create undetectable cheats. As a result, cheats for a number of big-name games are now a billion-dollar business, and more than one game developer has been sued for creating cheat programs that actually took money out of gamers’ pockets.
For some people, video game cheats are a source of entertainment. For others, they are a way to make some easy money without having to work hard. Either way, cheats are big business. Most games have a section on their site dedicated to cheats. Some sites offer a basic cheat. But the real gangsters make money by offering more advanced hacks and cheats. Cheat codes are often sold on forums, where people can buy them and sell them on eBay. Some even sell them on video game sites like Cheat. It has a forum devoted to cheats.
Video game cheats have always been big business and were always illegal. To give you an idea of the size of the market, several sites offer dozens of cheat codes for free (as well as many others that charge for cheats). In the 1980s, a kid who could beat a game without cheating was seen as a nerd or a geek, while a kid who could beat a game with a cheat code was considered a “power gamer.” Today, both those kids are seen as the “cool kids,” and game cheats are the most lucrative side of gaming.
For the past five years, the video game industry has been in a massive war against cheaters, and they have been fighting to keep it this way. For years, companies have been fighting against companies like GameHacking.net and other cheaters, who enable people to play the games for free or for a reduced price. In 2012, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that it would be going after “cheat websites by any means necessary, including lawsuits, law enforcement, and the use of technology to bring such services to their knees.” The ESA, the lobbying arm of the video game industry, is also trying to protect the “geek cred” of those who spend money on games and go to whatever lengths necessary.