Tech News: Ubisoft acquires anti-cheat company to battle against cheaters.
PC game developers are fighting a seemingly never-ending battle against cheaters, and Ubisoft is willing to spend money to stay one step ahead. Gamasutra reports that Ubisoft’s i3D.net subsidiary has acquired GameBlocks, the maker of the server-side anti-cheat tool FairFight. The i3D.net team intends to integrate FairFight into the ONE Game Hosting Platform used by “AAA” publishers and expand the capabilities of the cheat detection system.
Ubisoft has already concluded the deal. It also didn’t say how much it paid for GameBlocks, but promised to support existing customers. The acquisition could give Ubisoft an edge. FairFight has been used for a number of major games, including Ubi’s Rainbow Six Siege and EA’s Battlefield V, and offers a “non-invasive” approach that seeks cheating by analyzing algorithmic behavior in real time.
As the developers themselves set the tolerances of the algorithm, the system can theoretically keep up with cheat development without forcing players to engage in intrusive game integrity measures on their computers. There is no guarantee that you will see fewer aimbots and other hacks as a result of purchasing GameBlock, but efforts to counter these bots could be more elegant.