Digital Media Concepts/BattlEye Anti-Cheat

BattlEye Anti-Cheat edit

BattleEye Anti-Cheat is a 3rd party software designed to keep people from cheating in video games, typically that of the multiplayer genre, so that every player has the same fair chance to prove that they have the skills to compete instead of having some 3rd party software do all the work for them.

Creation of BattlEye edit

BattleEye was created as a 3rd party anti-cheat software in October 2004 by Bastian Suter to be used in the game Battlefield Vietnam[1]. Many people acknowledged the software and in early 2005 it was introduced into the first professional gaming leagues[1]. Throughout the years the demand of BattlEye increased greatly as more leagues started to implement it. Not only that server admins came to use it to protect the public servers they hosted to the community. BattlEye was very creditable in that it worked very well for instance in the popular Arma 3 mod, DayZ, implemented BattlEye to solve the astounding cheater problem and with no time the results were clear since the DayZ community has confirmed that the cheater problem has been reduced to such a minimal level.

How it Should Work edit

BattlEye is easy to use and install meaning that it has no system requirements, uses minimal amounts of CPU, RAM, and network bandwidth. Players won't really notice BattlEye as it runs in the background and the integration of it happens on client and server side parts of the game to effectively remove cheaters from any game session. Installation of BattlEye happens when you download any game that includes the software so a manual download of it from the main website is not needed. BattlEye has a full fledge protection system that blocks a vast majority of the hacking in a discrete way without bothering the player, secure global banning system that can be account based in order to achieve high level if effectiveness, the BattlEye servers having constant and total control in order to instantly kick players need be, and a secure auto update period that does not disturb or interrupt players mid match[1]. It should be noted that BattlEye does not collect or store any personal information that is unrelated to the game or hack detection mechanism[1].

How it Actually Works edit

BattlEye has two methods of banning players who have been detected and confirmed for cheating/hacking. The software either does a ban wave where a mass amount of accounts get banned and in some games, such as Rainbow Six Siege, notifies every player of who was banned in the top right of the screen while in game or if the detection is notified that a certain IP has many bans over different accounts, which will immediately global ban the players IP address[2]. However there is a work around BattlEye in that if the cheater was smart enough, they could spoof their IP which basically sends BattlEye the randomly generated IP address and bans that instead of the cheaters actual IP address. The cheating becomes more rampant when games start to go on sale which allows the cheater to stock up on accounts and use them when one of the others gets banned basically rendering BattlEye to be useless even though the software is banning account after account in order to minimize the amount of people cheating. BattlEye does work but does not work fast enough that people would like in that there will always be cheaters who find loop holes or work around the software to continue ruining other peoples gaming experience.

Studios That Use BattlEye edit

  • Bohemia Interactive
  • Bluehole
  • playwith LATIN AMERICA
  • gamigo aeria GAMES
  • Snail

Games That Use BattlEye[3] edit

  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
  • Atlas
  • Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale
  • The Crew 2
  • Bless Online
  • Conan Exiles
  • PixARK
  • Z1 Battle Royale
  • SOS
  • Destiny 2
  • Escape From Tarkov
  • Black Squad
  • Fortnite
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Zula
  • Heroes & Generals
  • Line of Sight
  • Day of Infamy
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  • Survarium
  • JUST Survive
  • The Isle
  • Unturned
  • Insurgency
  • DayZ
  • ArmA lll
  • PlanetSide 2
  • Warsow
  • Blacklight Retribution
  • ArmA ll: Operation Arrowhead

Recent Activity edit

BattlEye has just recently been implemented into Destiny 2, a Bungie created game, however has not been fully implemented since a lot of cheating and hacking has to be manual reviewed before the punishment can be dished out[4]. The implementation is a step that Bungie hopes is in the right direction in an attempt to deal with cheaters automatically and as fast as possible to allow for some of the PVP content to be more welcoming for newer or the PVE players especially in the more competitive game mode Trials of Osiris.

Software or Hardware edit

There are no specific system requirements as BattlEye will be downloaded with the first game that is applicable for it.

External Links edit

Official Website

References edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "BattlEye – The Anti-Cheat Gold Standard » About". Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  2. "How do BattlEye bans work? Is BE smart enough to ban the main steam account if they use an alt steam account?". SDG Forum. 2021-05-23. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  3. "BattlEye Games". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2021-10-12.
  4. pm, Jared MooreUpdated: 25 Aug 2021 1:20 pmPosted: 25 Aug 2021 1:06, Destiny 2 Battleye Anti-Cheat May Affect the Game's Performance - IGN, retrieved 2021-10-12