The deception has existed in video games forever, but the meteoric success of the industry over the past few decades has made it a veritable parallel business. You don’t have to look at them hard to find them – any game worth cheating on will have someone, somewhere, with a method to break the rules. And, almost always, charging for it.
The phenomenal success of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and particularly in the Chinese market, has seen him targeted by countless traps. One of them, if not the biggest of all, was called Cheat Ninja, until its closure in January this year Vice has managed to locate the original developer of the trick. for a remarkable story.
This person is assigned the nickname Catfish, for the obvious reason that they are still wanted by the Chinese authorities. Cheat Ninja became the focus of a huge legal investigation in early 2020 before key figures were arrested in January this year.
But not the catfish.
After being shot down by unusual behavior of the arrested figures, Catfish used "a good old hammer" to destroy all his units, then cleaned the trap servers and began to fall down.
Chinese police known as Kunshan police were working with Tencent Games to bring down the largest cheating provider based in China where they were jailed and confiscated about $ 46 million. .twitter.com/WBfkjNiP2gMarch 28, 2021
The scope of the Cheat Ninja operation was revealed when, in April, police announced charges against the arrested figures and alleged that it was earning $ 77 million for cheating (a figure that Catfish believes is roughly accurate thanks to Bitcoin inflation, although an earlier estimate was $ 46 million).
This came from subscribers who would pay between $ 10 and $ 15 a month, and Catfish estimated that at its peak, the scam attracted a thousand new subscribers a day and brought in about $ 350,000 a month.
“But that’s not entirely the norm in the cheating market,” Catfish says. "I think we did it exclusively because we were the best cheaters in the most popular game."
The catfish looks like a weird fish, at one point: "I want to ruin the games (of these companies) and damage their profits" before I think about it better and say that it leaves "the scene of the payment for cheating ".
There are so many fascinating aspects to this secondary industry: like now, when Cheat Ninja disappeared, and even before that moment, a whole layer of scammers emerged pretending to pretend that their software was Cheat Ninja. Brand policy among cheaters! What a world!
Vice's article is very detailed about the role of Cheat Ninja and Catfish, and it’s worth reading.