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“Island of cheaters”: why the developers of Fall Guys abandoned their own anti-cheat



"Island of cheaters": why the developers of Fall Guys abandoned their own anti-cheat

Employees of the Mediatonic Studio told how they tried to set up their own system to deal with dishonest players, “cheater Islands”, which eventually had to be disabled.

It was a system that worked on the principle of “shadow blocking”. According to the developers of Fall Guys, violators were supposed to be collected on separate servers, where they would play with each other, without interfering with everyone else. “Island” was launched gradually to collect enough data and make sure that only those who actually used cheats will be banned.

When we realized that everything was working, we secretly launched “Fall Guys cheater Island”. It was a magical place where cheaters could happily compete with each other for the “cheater’s Crown”. (It’s like a normal crown, but it brings a sense of emptiness, shame, and regret.)

At that time, we already had data about who exactly uses cheats, but we didn’t do anything. There were no residents on the “Island”. And then we gradually began to lower the bar for system sensitivity.

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At first, the “Island” simply did not have enough players to run at least one match. The search for rivals from the violators continued indefinitely, and they began to complain to Mediatonic that the game was “broken”. The Studio didn’t respond.

Imagine: you need more than 40 players to complete a match. And “cheater Island” is not a real place, it is a system of servers all over the world. It was necessary that there were enough cheaters in one region to run at least one game with them. If they were not enough — you just fell endlessly.

There were, of course, real bugs that caused this to happen. But more often than not, when people complained that they were “falling and falling” – they were probably cheaters and we didn’t want to give them any details.

Fall Guys developers

The developers of Fall Guys acted carefully — the Studio did not want the violators to realize that they were “spotted”. And we hoped that some, after trying the cheats once, would give up the idea and continue to play honestly.

But most often this did not happen, and the developers made the system more sensitive. As cheaters “marked” more and more users, and the game added measures that do not allow you to bypass the “shadow lock”. Over time, the servers of the “Island” filled up, and the network began to appear records of matches filled with cheaters.

But the developers were worried. They knew that matches were actually being played on special servers, but they had no way to check whether such videos were from there. Violators could bypass the system and improve their cheat programs — but whether this was the case, even the developers of Fall Guys did not understand.

First, someone uploaded a video to Reddit under the title: “Have you ever played a Fall Mountain round where all the players are cheaters?» But the problem is that it looks LIKE “cheater Island”, but we are not 100% sure.

Fall Guys developers

In the end, Mediatonic employees decided to abandon the “Island”, simply prohibiting” marked ” users to log in to the game. Your own system will be disabled in the next major update, replacing it with an anti-cheat from Epic Games.

Our anti-cheat was good. But we did not expect that the game will have so many users and did not think that some cheaters are ready to go. At first, we tried to build a system around honesty, but soon realized that we were involved in an “arms race”, and immediately called the specialists from Epic.

Fall Guys developers

The developers did not specify the release date of the patch, announcing only its name: Bug Yeetus and Anti-Cheatus.

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Lst Ark: Servers are shutting down today to allow more fans to play



Lost Ark: Tier 1 Island Route

On February 11th the new MMORPG Lost Ark was released in its Free2Play version for all people who just want to try it. That’s a lot though, which is why the game is still struggling with server issues. That should change now.

Update 8:05 a.m.: The servers are now down.

When will the servers shut down? As announced by Amazon via the Lost Ark official website, the servers will go offline this morning, that is, on February 13, at 8 a.m. GMT.

The downtime affects all European servers equally and you will not be able to log into the game in the meantime.

How long will they stay offline? The maintenance work is planned for about 3 hours. So if all goes well, you’ll be able to return to the world of Arkesia at 11 a.m.

We’ll keep you up to date in the live ticker when the servers return and if there will be any delays again.

Lost Ark’s last scheduled server maintenance was scheduled for 4 hours, but ended up lasting over 10 hours, leading to some negative reviews on Steam.

Why are the servers going down? Since Lost Ark was released, the new MMORPG has been struggling with long queues and server problems. At the prime time on February 12, more than 1.3 million people played the action game at the same time.

This also meant that some servers had to be completely closed to new players. Especially the server Asta, on which many German players gather, is affected by long queues.

Sometimes the fans have to wait up to 6 hours just to log in. Incidentally, this only works if you already have a character on the Asta server. New players were completely denied access until the evening hours of February 12th.

To address this situation, Amazon is working with Smilegate to increase server capacity. At this point, however, they are not telling us exactly how this is supposed to work.

Are the queues gone then? No, probably not. In the blog post, the publishers emphasize that they only want to create the basic framework for further updates and more server capacities during the downtime.

We, therefore, do not assume that you will be able to continue gambling directly at 11 a.m. without queues, even if that would be desirable.

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Lost Ark: An exact time when the servers will go online



Lost Ark: Tier 2 Island Route

Today at 6 p.m. the Lost Ark servers should (re)open to all players after the scheduled maintenance. But nothing will come of the official Lost Ark Launch! The launch is delayed due to “deployment issues”.

An exact time when the servers will go online again has not yet been announced. “We hope that this problem will be fixed in a few hours,” the announcement simply says.

We’ll keep you posted on updates here!

Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed due to deployment issues. We hope this will be fixed in a few hours.

Your patience is appreciated and we will update you soon.

Restart Lost Ark Client

We have received important information from the Community Team. Waiting in the server screen doesn’t seem to help. The server list does not appear there automatically. So a reboot is required.

Waiting at the server screen won’t help, as it will require a fresh launch of the client as far as I’m aware.

You can read our guide for Lost Ark here.

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New pioneer package with server change in Lost Ark



Lost Ark guide: List of runes and their effects

Lost Ark has been better received than many thought. Even Amazon did not expect this rush. And so there were long queues on some servers, as was the case with New World. Since a real server change is not possible, many players simply created a new character on a new server. However, some of these players have already redeemed their pioneer package on the first server and thus used it up unnecessarily.

As Amazon has now announced, we will get an additional set of exclusive items on the new server. These items are bound to the character and thus cannot be traded. They can soon be redeemed on every new server.

During the Head Start period for Lost Ark, a massive number of heroes arrived in Arkesia. While we are thrilled to have so many players joining us, we also recognize that this has brought about large queues on our more popular servers, leading to a less than ideal experience for these players.

In an effort to improve the player experience for those who have faced queues, we will be taking several steps to put preventative measures in place ahead of our full launch tomorrow morning, in addition to addressing some of the outstanding issues surrounding Founder’s Pack claims.

Founder’s Pack Redemptions

Players have let us know one of the reasons they are reluctant to switch to lower population servers is because many of them have already redeemed their Founder’s Packs on another server. To help combat this and make exploring new servers a more reasonable choice, we will be granting ALL Founder’s Pack purchasers that redeem their pack by 12 PM PT (8 PM UTC) on Monday, February 14th with an extra set of the exclusive items from the Founder’s Pack they redeemed (e.g., the Founder’s Exclusive Pet and Founder’s Title from the Bronze pack; see full list below) as well as some additional Royal Crystals for Silver, Gold, and Platinum Pack purchasers. These items will not be tradeable, and will be delivered to a player’s Product Inventory so they can be claimed on a new server. Your original Founder’s Pack will not be affected by this, and will remain on the initial server where you redeemed it (or in your Product Inventory, if you have not yet redeemed it).

We are currently working to get these item grants ready to go, and will update players when they are ready to claim — these will be claimable on any new server you choose, so in the meantime we encourage you to find a perfect server to call home.

Bronze Pack
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Silver Pack
150 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)

Gold Pack
500 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)

Platinum Pack
1,000 Royal Crystals
Founder’s Title*
Founder’s Exclusive Pet (Untradeable)
Northern Lawmaker Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Platinum Skin (Untradeable)
Founder’s Exclusive Mount (Untradeable)
Platinum Welcome Crate (Untradeable)

Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper*
Founder’s Exclusive Structure
Legendary Rapport Gift Selection Chest
Launch Limited Card Pack
*If the Founder’s Title or Founder’s Exclusive Wallpaper are used on the same Roster where a pack has already been redeemed, you will not be able to use these items.

Please note that this is a one-time grant, and we do not have plans to continue to make additional grants of items available to players in the future. For example, there will be Starter Packs available for purchase at full launch tomorrow (more details to come), and we highly recommend only redeeming them once you settle into your permanent home server.

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