Chinese police, in collaboration with tech giant Tencent, have arrested 10 developers of 17 different cheating tools in games (including Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile). Law enforcement and Tencent called this the largest anti-cheat operation in history.
According to information BBC, in total, 76 million dollars were seized from the suspects, which they earned on a subscription fee by selling subscriptions to their cheats. Such a subscription could cost from $ 10 per day to $ 200 per month.
The police also seized the property of the developers in the amount of $ 46 million and seized several premium cars (Rolls-Royce, Ferrari, Lamborghini), which can be seen in the photo below.
It should be said that the fight against cheaters and creators of such software is reaching a new level. The fact is that there are many similar unwinding teams operating in the world, which have not yet come to the attention of law enforcement officers, but often become targets for video game manufacturers and defendants in various lawsuits, sometimes related to violations of copyright law.
For example, just last week TorrentFreak reported that earlier this year, Riot Games and Bungie filed a lawsuit against the cheat makers GatorCheats, alleging that they were creating copyright-infringing tools designed to damage the gaming environment in Valorant and Destiny 2. According to court documents, the parties eventually agreed to settle the case peacefully but at the same time GatorCheats was ordered to pay $ 2,000,000 and adhere to the terms of the injunction received by the companies indefinitely.