President Of Sony Online Entertainment Calls Hackers “Scumbags”

How do you feel about cheaters in online and multiplayer games? I don’t mean your annoying friends that jump in front of your screen as you’re taking a penalty in FIFA, I’m talking about the kind of players that download third-party software so that they’re able to 1 hit you from across the map or see you through walls.

Hacking is almost as old as online gaming itself and usually plagues popular FPS titles on the PC, although it’s not unheard of to find hackers in other genres and on the consoles. It usually involves downloading third-party programs that give the user a severe advantage, such as being able to instantly lock onto certain parts of the body, see enemies through walls, or in some cases even fly around the map. Two of the most recent FPS launches on PC, PlanetSide 2 and The War Z, both have their fair share of problems regarding hackers but there’s one person that’s making it his personal mission to clamp down on these dirty players.

John Smedley is the President of Sony Online Entertainment, the developers of PlanetSide 2, and he recently posted a number of Tweets aimed towards players he feels are ruining his game. His first message was a general warning towards hackers, ensuring fair players that they are being tracked and banned on a regular basis:

“Those of you using aimbots are being hunted down and banned. Remember to use /report. People are being banned left and right.”

He also went as far as saying that hackers are “Scumbags”, “Idiots” and “Morons”. More recently he even personally targeted one of the people responsible for many hacking programs for PlanetSide 2, banning all of his accounts and telling him to “Get better at the game”. There’s a common misconception that hackers are reclusive teenagers that sit in a basement doing nothing but ruining your fun all day but in today’s industry nothing could be further from the truth. Parents, young children, teenagers, the stereotypical hacker is as varied as gamers themselves.

It’s great to see such an influential and respected individual targeting hackers, and personally, I’m hoping that in years to come developers will be targeting the websites and individuals responsible for making these programs.

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