A joint effort between the Chinese police and Tencent resulted in one of the worlds biggest video game cheat providers being shut down, but not before they made over $750 million.
A little over a year ago in March 2020, a video game cheating ring was reported to the Chinese police, now 12 months on the operation has been busted. This bust is allegedly the largest takedown of a cheat provider in history.
Providing cheats for video games is a profitable business, even more so in the recent years. Players are able to buy and install cheats in only a few clicks for a relatively small price.
The cheat providers in question were reportedly making over $10,000 every single day selling wallhacks and aimbots for a variety of different games.
Over its their lifetime they were able to bring in more than $76 million before they were eventually shut down by authorities on March 26, 2021.
The people behind the cheat websites were splashing their cash on luxury vehicles “up to the cost of $20 million”, as well as buying virtual currency and property.
“After gaining information, Kunshan police raided a few places, closed down 17 websites, and arrested 10 resellers,” the official report stated.
Although the cheats provided by these sellers were mostly used by the Chinese market, they were ale to be purchased globally.
Valorant and Overwatch were some of the games listed that the website provided cheats for, but their main focus was on mobile third person shooter games.
Subscription keys were utilized to allow players to buy access to the cheats for a set period of time, $10 for a day of access, $50 for a week, or $200 for a month.
“The reason it’s the world’s biggest bust,” comes down to three key things, the Kunshan police explained.
“Firstly, because there are huge sums of money involved. Secondly, there are a lot of games involved. Games from places other than China are involved too.” Lastly, the amount of users who purchased the cheats was enormous.
Despite making huge amounts of money, at least five figures per day, the people leading the website are now facing jail time as well as having all of their assets seized by the police.
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