Read this Motherboard article about a prolific vigilante that takes down imposters in Overwatch and Valorant
Game developers are in a non-stop battle with cheaters, and now some developers are getting an extra hand from an anti-cheat vigilante frustrated by people who give themselves an unfair advantage.
Motherboard staff writer Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai profiled Mohamed “GamerDoc” Al-Sharifi, a 24-year-old who has spent a lot of time and energy tracking down cheaters in both Overwatch and Valorant. Al-Sharifi says he despises cheaters and thinks games are “screwed up” by people who wrongly want the upper hand. He has become infamous in the cheat community as “an asshole sending cheat loaders to Riot,” a cheat developer told Motherboard. At one point, Vice mentions that someone even created a GoFundMe page to hire an assassin to kill Al-Sharifi, although we discovered it to be fake – most “contributors” were copied / pasted of this unrelated memorial fund.
In the past two years after doing this, Al-Sharifi estimates that there are between 50,000 and 70,000 cheaters left Overwatch and Valorant are banned as a result of his anti-cheat investigations. Cheating has been a problem in competitive gaming for years, and by 2020 developers of some of the most popular PC games will still be fighting a wave of cheaters and hackers.
As described by Motherboard, here’s Al-Sharifi’s process of tracking and finding cheats and the cheaters they make:
To find cheats and cheaters, GamerDoc is also lurking on cheaters’ forums and Discord channels, ‘gathering intelligence,’ as he put it. Sometimes that means the cheat developers or sellers are socially designed to give him the cheat so that he can pass the cheat app on to the anti-cheat teams of Riot Games, Blizzard and other game studios. Other times, GamerDoc said that cheat developers contact him to show other competitor cheats in a large company where the best cheats can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
But Al-Sharifi is not alone in his quest. He currently manages two servers on Discord and gathers thousands of volunteers to help him discover new exploits Overwatch and Valorant. MotherboardThe article takes a detailed look at how anti-cheat volunteers give Al-Sharifi a tip on alleged cheaters, in addition to his plans to launch a website in the future. I strongly encourage you to read the full report.