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Why Being a StarCraft 2 Hacker Isn’t Worthwhile – The Dangers of Hacking and Cheating in Starcraft 2

Posted on September 3, 2018 in Uncategorized

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty has had massive sales numbers since its release. Based on the original StarCraft game, Blizzard made a sequel that has satisfied fans of the old game and introduced the series to a whole new generation of gamers. Along with improvements and refinements to the game, the sequel also features improved anti-cheat systems. All multiplayer matches and games are played on Battle.net 2.0 servers only.

This gives Blizzard complete control over how the game is played online, in much the same way that Activision and Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2 does not have dedicated server software. These features make it rather difficult to be a successful StarCraft 2 hacker.

Anyone who has played multiplayer games on the Steam Network, knows that the Valve Anti-cheat system is rather nasty to hackers. Which is a good thing. Steam allows hackers to get away with using illegal cheats and hacks for a certain amount of time, before banning and suspending their accounts.

This effectively block all their games on that Steam account from internet access. Blizzard did a similar thing midway through 2010. Over 5,000 Blizzard user accounts were banned or suspended, following a crackdown on hacks and cheats being used online during multiplayer games.

Blizzard took matters a step further, by charging the StarCraft 2 hackers who developed, sold and distributed the illegal hacks to players all around the world. Blizzard is using the EULA as its basis for court action against two Canadian and one Peruvian hacker. Anyone who develops or sells modified source code of games without permission, is guilty of intellectual theft.

Blizzard is able to run the case through a court in Los Angeles, instead of having to work with courts overseas. Being a game hacker just isn’t worth it. Any wins you accumulate are false and cheaters can’t go undetected for long. If you hack for profit, by selling cracks and cheats to other players, you will probably end up in court. Rather just enjoy the game as it is and buy a guide if you really want to improve your playing skills.