'World's Biggest' Video Game Cheat Code Gang Closed, Police Seize $46 Million USD in Assets

The illicit organization made $76m USD in revenue by selling cheat codes for games including ‘Overwatch’ and ‘Call of Duty Mobile.’

Gaming
6,035 Hypes 4 Comments

The Chinese government and the gaming giant Tencent — known for owning Riot Games which produces League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics — have come together to crack down on video game cheat rings, resulting in the closure of the “world’s biggest” cheat operation.

The BBC reports that 17 cheat codes were destroyed and 10 people were arrested by local authorities on March 31, which comes as a result of tackling the “Chicken Drumstick” operation that was selling cheat codes on a website to customers all around the world. While subscriptions to the website ranged from $10 USD a day to $200 USD a month, authorities were able to seize a considerable amount more in its operation — approximately $46 million USD worth of assets, including a fleet of luxury cars like Lamborghinis, McLarens and Ferraris.

The organization made $76 million USD in revenue from its cheat-based subscription program before the shutdown, which supplied players with cheat codes for games like Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile. A growing number of high-stakes e-tournaments and the prevalence of cheat codes cheats puts the integrity of fair play at risk.

In other news, here is the latest on the PS5 shortage.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Games Receives $40 Million USD in Funding to Develop More Watchable Games
Gaming

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Games Receives $40 Million USD in Funding to Develop More Watchable Games

Looking to capitalize on the “Let’s Play” trend.

‘Animal Crossing’, ‘StarCraft’ and More Join the World Video Game Hall of Fame
Gaming

‘Animal Crossing’, ‘StarCraft’ and More Join the World Video Game Hall of Fame

Recognizing top titles that have had a significant impact on gaming and pop culture.

Sony Has Just Invested $250 Million USD in Epic Games
Gaming

Sony Has Just Invested $250 Million USD in Epic Games

Amounting to 1.4% of Epic’s $17.86 billion USD valuation.


Video Game Usage Sees Major Increase in US, UK, France & Germany
Gaming

Video Game Usage Sees Major Increase in US, UK, France & Germany

The highest at 45 percent.

'Resident Evil' Film Reboot 'Welcome to Raccoon City' Delays Release Date
Entertainment

'Resident Evil' Film Reboot 'Welcome to Raccoon City' Delays Release Date

Now pushed back by two months.

Fendi's Playful Summertime "BASKET" Handbag Is Made from Recycled Plastic
Fashion

Fendi's Playful Summertime "BASKET" Handbag Is Made from Recycled Plastic

Referencing plastic shopping baskets of the ’90s.

H Moser Drops Endeavour x Seconde Seconde Concept Eraser Watch
Watches

H Moser Drops Endeavour x Seconde Seconde Concept Eraser Watch

seconde/seconde/ has carved out a niche of satirical vintage watch mods.


YouTuber Mines Bitcoin With His 32-Year-Old Game Boy
Tech

YouTuber Mines Bitcoin With His 32-Year-Old Game Boy

But it’s around 125 trillion times slower than a regular mining computer.

Ken Block Is Selling Three of his Legendary Ford Hoon Machines
Automotive

Ken Block Is Selling Three of his Legendary Ford Hoon Machines

Including a rare 1986 Ford RS200 Evo.

Why the Dr. Martens 1461 Should Be Your Alternative Summer Footwear
Footwear

Why the Dr. Martens 1461 Should Be Your Alternative Summer Footwear

An iconic shoe steeped in cultural history.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.