Author Topic: ArenaNet caught using spyware to suspend cheaters in Guild Wars 2  (Read 230 times)


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After hearing about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other unethical global surveillance controversies, it has become harder and harder to trust companies with the way they collect your personal data. We've been let down by so many huge tech companies, and apparently now is the time for the gaming industry to deceive us as well.Guild Wars 2 is a Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game—or MMORPG—developed by ArenaNet and published by NCSOFT. It was originally released as a paid game on PC in 2012, but later became free-to-play so as to bring more players due to unsustainable competition.Gaile Gray, a spokesperson for ArenaNet, wrote in a forum announcement that the company has suspended 1,583 accounts in the last 6 months for cheating. They apparently found out that the accounts were running alongside known cheating softwares, such as CheatEngine, Nabster, GW2MHRexe, UNF and MMOMINION. Some of those accounts were suspended after detecting that they were direc...