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In Trackmania’s precision driving glove, the logs are everything. But after months of research, two members of the Trackmania community claim that some of the most important names in the game have been cheating to the top.
In a video released this weekend, Trackmania YouTuber Wirtual has apparently acquired convicting evidence against seven top runners, including Riolu, the popular Trackmania streamer. This trap is said to date back more than a decade and covers several games of Trackmania.
Wirtual and co-researcher donadigo set out their complete methodology in a blog post. But to summarize, the pair had used an entry display tool to show the exact key entries in the replays, noting that some had suspicious activity "peaks". Research states that these uploads come from plays that are recorded with pirated software, and drivers use traps to run the game at slower game speeds, allowing them to enter at a pace not possible under normal game conditions.
More damning evidence was obtained when another investigated player, techno, admitted to cheating his career in Trackmania using this method. At Discord DMs, techno told Wirtual that he had used game speeds between 40 and 80% to get some of his time, specifically the ones Riolu had.
“As more and more (world records) of my company were hit and I could barely have a chance and lack of evidence, I tried to beat it with their own methods,” the techno wrote.
Wirtual has invited Ubisoft Nadeo and the Trackmania TMX community site to investigate their findings and take "the actions they deem most appropriate." But much of the problem seems to stem from the fact that Trackmania's competitive scene is basically based on trust. Just upload a playback file to set up a record, with no video testing required to see what a player's hands are doing.
It’s a practice that makes Trackmania records more accessible, but also more susceptible to intrusion. Losing that accessibility would be a shame and Wirtual expects tools like the Competition patch (which tracks which executables are injected into Trackmania) gain strength to move forward.
“The Competition Patch saves its own metadata on all player-driven iterations to detect input injection methods and game speed modification,” explains Wirtual. "We believe this is a good middle ground between the ban on rehearsals without live footage and the possibility of all rehearsals without any evidence."