2021, the year of massive video game cheat gang raids... Wait a minute – read that again. Okay now that you're back here and STILL confused, let's take a deeper dive into this.
In an epic raid that occurred this past week, the Chinese Police, with the aid of gaming giant Tencent, busted the 'world's biggest' game cheating ring. That's right, the cheating operation known as Chicken Drumstick (We want to know why they called themselves this too...) was estimated to process over $75,000,000 worth of revenue. The Chicken Drumstick business model ran on a subscription fee to the subscribers or clients that were utilizing their cheating services. While the specifics of Chicken Drumstick's cheats are rather unknown at this time, this is the type of news and progress in the gaming industry that we love to see. And yes, we call this progress!
With pandemic wrecking the world and everyone's day-to-day, the gaming industry as a whole saw a massive up-tick in users. And as such, there was a big up-tick in cheaters! Everyone knows that more competition at these massive scales means it will continue to get harder and harder to win at video games. And let's face it.. who has time to practice and actually try to 'git gud' at these games when you can just buy cheats and wipe the entire lobby in your Warzone match while you simultaneously down a $5 footlong from subway (wtf, they're never $5, Subway fix this).
But in all seriousness, it's good to finally see cheaters get what they deserve. The roughly $75+ Million in revenue was inclusive of $45+ Million worth of seized assets, including some pretty amazing supercars. The Kunshan police seized all funds and assets, as well as destroyed the cheats. On the personnel front, there were over 10 arrests made in relation to the ring.