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A Response on the Current CEVO Poll

INSIDER ESPORTS - Michael Fleming talks about CEVO's new poll on how long a cheater should be banned.

I doubt everyone spotted CEVO's new poll on their website, but it's about one kind of person that every gamer hates.  Cheaters.  From the times when the game was "being cheap", to your actual wall-hacking sons of bitc... sorry, I'm getting carried away.

We all hate cheaters for one reason or another.  Maybe you got ripped off and missed CAL Main cause of one on your team, or you had one on your team and they screwed your season over.

Sounds familiar, right? That hatred for cheaters just swells up in gamers.  Well, that appears to be the consensus for CEVO. At the time of this posting, 49% want a cheater banned indefinitely for hacking on the first offense.  What is more suprising is that 25% believe the found cheater should be banned until only next season. Image from a wallhacker perspective.

What I'm most surprised at is the difference between the two groups.  For the most part, people believe that cheaters should be banned for a short time or indefinitely on their first offense.  The other three groups - 6 months (9%), 1 year (13%), and 2 years (6%) - are much smaller than the two major groups.

I took a look around for some comments on the poll and found pretty much what I expected.

There are two major opinions in the groups:

Zero Tolerance: These people believe that there is no mercy when it comes to cheating.  They want cheaters gone forever.  "Once a cheater, always a cheater" is their moto.

Second Chance: These people believe that hackers can be "cured" and will go down the righteous path.

I usually lean towards the Second Chance group.  I believe hackers have the ability to get "corrected" in their ways.

A first offense shouldn't warrant a permanent ban.  People make mistakes and a limited ban can correct them. The malicious hackers - ones that hack just to "f you up" - won't think twice about a permanent ban; they'll just change their IPs and sneak into the game anyway.  Those kind of hackers are untreatable by a timed ban. 

It's possible that the hackers who get frustrated and try to push their way up by cheating would be worried about getting caught.  I don't think so, however.  At that moment where you decide to cheat, you're just proud of yourself.  You're happy you're moving up in the game; that you can actually win and beat the top players.

By just banning hackers for six months or a year, you make them know that there is something to come back to and that they can "go clean".  Hackers who just want to hack, when banned again, can be removed indefinitely, but I think we need to give those other guys - the ones whose frustration or curiousity gets the best of them - a second chance.


That's all I got for tonight.  Let me know what you think.

I think my next one will be about how I run Insider eSports; what I do on a day-to-day basis. Let me know about that as well.

Comments: Add a Comment

quote#1 US tehkorean 11/04/2009 - 22:03:44
I really don't like cheaters in general and Idk what's gonna stop them from cheating again, but I guess its true everybody does deserve a second chance really.

quote#2 US peawok 11/04/2009 - 22:05:24
I just kind of had thoughts and threw them out there.

And you commented faster than I could comment. Damn :o

quote#3 US JimmyNR 12/04/2009 - 14:02:53
Thank you for finally posting this =]

quote#4 US Terminate 12/04/2009 - 14:03:18
nice article.

quote#5 US Domey 15/04/2009 - 14:06:31
nice write man

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