What has been described as the largest video game cheating enterprise in history has now been shut down by Chinese authorities following a police raid.
A report by the BBC indicates that the cheating group, known as “Chicken Drumstick,” had earned an estimated revenue of over $76 million. The raid was part of a collaboration between Chinese police and Tencent, a technology company that owns many Western video game developers and publishers such as Riot Games.
Police seized more than $46 million of assets during the raid, including a collection of expensive sports cars. According to reports, the headquarters of the cheating group was in the Jiangsu province, which is located near to Shanghai.
The enterprise was selling more than $10,000 worth of cheats every day, making hacks and exploits for service-based games like Fortnite, Overwatch, and Call of Duty: Mobile available for a monthly or daily fee. Police made 10 arrests and “destroyed” up to 17 cheats, although it is not clear in what manner the cheats were destroyed.