Kaspersky new cloud-based product counters cheating in eSports

Real-time cheat detection checks and shares automated reports with organisers

Cheating can affect the popularity and reputation of a tournament, and reduce the revenue or number of perspective partnerships for the organisers.
Cheating can affect the popularity and reputation of a tournament, and reduce the revenue or number of perspective partnerships for the organisers.

Kaspersky has introduced a beta version of its new Kaspersky Anti-Cheat to help eSports tournament organisers combat in-game cheating.

With this new cloud-based offering, Kaspersky provides real-time cheat detection and shares automated reports with the customer who can then make a disciplinary decision on the rule-breaker.

Online gamers today are often faced with cheating in games. Only 12% of them have never had their multiplayer gaming experience spoilt by unfair actions of other players, according to the latest Irdeto Global Gaming Survey, while one in three gamers have actually confessed to cheating.

Rule-breakers have the potential to put off fair or professional players from participating in competitions, impacting relationships within the gaming community. As well as this, cheating can affect the popularity and reputation of a tournament, and eventually reduce the revenue or number of perspective partnerships for the organisers.

The Anti-Cheat system can be easily integrated through the API of the eSports platform, rolled out to players and used to ensure fair play during the online stages of a tournament when it’s especially difficult to monitor cheating.

With this product in place, to participate in an online competition a player needs to install the Anti-Cheat client distributed by the platform. After installation on the player’s computer, the game process info is collected, sent to the Kaspersky Anti-Cheat cloud and analysed for suspicious events. At the same time, the tournament referee will receive direct real-time cheat reports via a web interface. Therefore, Kaspersky Anti-Cheat solution provides technical evidence of cheating without taking any actions upon the player, but leaving the final decision to the referee and tournament organisers.

Kaspersky Anti-Cheat does not affect the game process or overload traffic, the cybersecurity firm says.

“Fair play is highly important to gamers who strive to show their class and skill. When games like CS:GO, PUBG or DOTA 2 become overloaded with cheaters, honest gamers will either stop playing or even give up the game for good. Therefore our solution will provide tournament organisers with an opportunity to maintain a stable balance in the gaming community and monitor the progress of their competitions. With the introduction of Kaspersky Anti-Cheat, our company brings over 20 years of relevant experience in fighting malware and cybercrime, to a new territory. But we do not intend to rest on our laurels: this year will also see the launch of Kaspersky Anti-Cheat for Multiplayer online games”, claimed Anton Selikhov, product owner Kaspersky Anti-Cheat.

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