'World's biggest' video game cheating operation is busted

‘World’s biggest’ video game cheating operation that made £55million selling hacks for games such as Call Of Duty is smashed by Chinese police

  • The so-called Chicken Drumstick ring offered gaming cheats around the world
  • Gamers paid up to £145 a month to get access to the specially-designed hacks
  • Chinese police say they busted the ring and seized assets including luxury cars 

Chinese police have busted what they say is the world’s biggest video-game cheating operation which was making £55million selling cheats to clients. 

The so-called Chicken Drumstick ring had a website offering hacks for games including Call of Duty and Overwatch, BBC News reported.  

Gamers paid subscription fees beginning at around £7 a day and reaching up to £145 a month for access to the specially-designed cheats, it is claimed. 

Police say they arrested ten people and seized a hoard of expensive assets from Chicken Drumstick including several luxury sports cars. 

Luxury sports cars were among the expensive assets seized by Chinese police from what they said was the world’s biggest video-game cheating ring 

Ten people were arrested and around £33million assets were seized from the organisation which developed hacks for video games and sold them to customers 

Around £33million in assets were seized, it is believed – while 17 of the gaming cheats are said to have been rendered useless.  

Police described it as the ‘world’s biggest’ cheating ring because of the huge sums of money which saw the cheating outfit make around £55million in revenue. 

Chinese police in Kunshan, near Shanghai, smashed the ring in co-operation with tech giant Tencent, reports say.

Gaming firms have a tougher line on cheats in recent years with the dawn of online tournaments in which players can potentially win millions. 

The so-called Chicken Drumstick ring had a website offering hacks for games including Call of Duty (pictured) and Overwatch, reports say 

Some game developers have offered hackers thousands of pounds to find vulnerabilities in their software (stock photo) 

The Chinese video-game cheating industry was worth a staggering £213million as of last year, according to Tencent. 

Other titles subject to sophisticated hacking operations have included League of Legends and Peacekeeper Elite, the Chinese version of PUBG Mobile. 

Rogue online gamers have also used code to crush competitors playing Fortnite, the game’s maker claimed in a series of lawsuits in 2017.    

Last year, US-based Riot Games offered hackers up to £73,000 to find vulnerabilities in anti-cheat software used in the game Valorant. 

Nintendo had previously offered up to at £14,500 to those who found weaknesses in its defences while Rockstar Games had a bounty of £7,200. 

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