In late May of this year, allegations of deception began to catch up with some of Trackmania's fastest names. After months of research by youtuber Wirtual and co-investigator donadigo, a video was released that contained condemnatory evidence against seven of the game's best names: including the hugely popular streamer Trackmania Riolu.
In Trackmania, the records are everything, and this research showed that the deception had lasted for more than a decade, covering several Trackmania games. You can read the full story here, but basically the cheaters had used software to "play" the game at slower speeds, allowing an entry rate that would be impossible under normal conditions (a player confessed to Wirtual via DM which used the game speeds between 40-80%).
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The evidence here is condemnatory and developer Nadeo has now taken action. The head of the studio, Florent Castelnérac, announced today that, after finding a solution, the team has also analyzed the last 15 years of Trackmania records to find the records of the cheaters. Most of the scammed records came from only ten accounts.
We performed anticheat detection for 400 k records made over the last 15 years at TMUF. Cheated records will be removed in the next few days, most of which were owned by 10 logins.July 13, 2021
Castelnérac went on to say that "by the way, if only a cheater had told us, this would have been easily fixed. We apologize for the inconvenience to all record hunters who may have spent so many hours against sometimes unfair competition."
Cheaters in the face of a little justice always warm the cockles of my heart. Castelnérac also noted that while he did not want to go into the specific details of his anti-Franco measures for obvious reasons, "I want to reveal that the number of fair registrations is over 99% and closer to 100%."
As for Wirtual, is "happy to see that Nadeo has thoroughly analyzed the case of the traps and is now taking the appropriate steps. Great job." Great job for yourself.