Globally renowned software security solutions company Kaspersky is going to launch a new cloud-based product that would ensure fair play in eSports. The beta version of the solution, named Kaspersky Anti-Cheat, has been released.
The product will help tournament organizers prevent in-game cheating. It seamlessly integrates through the API of eSports platforms and offers real-time cheat detection in addition to automated reports for players who have the ability to make disciplinary decisions on the rule-breaker.
According to the latest Irdeto Global Gaming Survey, more than 33% of the gamers have confessed to cheating. Given the negative effect cheating has on the popularity and reputation of gaming tournaments, professional gaming organizations could face challenges, like reduced revenue or number of perspective partnerships, should cheaters continue to be successful in their lack of fair play.
Players must install the Kaspersky Anti-Cheat, which is distributed by the gaming platform. After installation on the player’s computer is complete, game process information is collected, sent to the Kaspersky Anti-Cheat cloud and analyzed for suspicious events.
Simultaneously, the tournament referee will receive real-time cheat reports via a web interface providing technical evidence of cheating without taking any immediate actions upon the player, but leaving the final decision to the referee and tournament organizers. In addition to ensuring cheat detection, Kaspersky Anti-Cheat always puts the user experience first and does not affect the game process or overload traffic.
“Fair play is highly important to gamers who strive to show their class and skill. When games like CS:GO, PUBG or DOTA 2 become overloaded with cheaters, honest gamers will either stop playing or even give up the game for good,” said Anton Selikhov, product owner, Kaspersky Anti-Cheat. “Our solution provides tournament organizers with an opportunity to maintain a stable balance in the gaming community and monitor the progress of their competitions. With the introduction of Kaspersky Anti-Cheat, our company brings over 20 years of relevant experience in fighting malware and cybercrime to a new territory.”