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Community Frustration Growing Over Hacks / Cheats Without Repercussion

Posted by Suzie Ford on Jun 06, 2018  | Comments

Community Frustration Growing Over Hacks / Cheats Without Repercussion -

The Black Desert Online community is in an uproar over the seemingly endless rise in hacking and bot use in the game. "Players have been complaining for nearly 2 years now and Kakao, the publisher, haven't budged at all whilst the number of hackers/botters increases" our tipster wrote. "We even have cases of users who have been speed hacking for 6 months with multiple reports still being able to play the game". Kakao has been informed, players report, but with little or no official response.

At issue is the recent free release of 3rd party software that "allows players to AFK hunt and loot and earn massive silver".  The goal of hackers, according to our own DMKano, is to amass large amounts of currency that allows the purchase of resources and items from the Auction House rendering it effectively empty.

The Reddit "Megathread: Hystria Speedhacks/Botting" has a breakdown of one of the most rampant hacks currently in use:

The hack is far worse than you all think... I just tried it and I (and all my friends) will be quitting BDO for good now.

  • The speed hack works for running, riding horses, and sailing boats. I sailed from Velia to pirates in under 30 seconds. I ran across the desert with auto-pathing (no compass needed) in under a minute as well.
  • The speed hack also increases attack speed and cast speed as fast you'd like: basically I can left click and do 100 attacks in a second. Essentially, I was able to instantly kill everything in Crescents/pirates/etc and literally teleport from group to group in seconds. I was able to manage multiple rotations at the same time (and I dont even have high AP ~210)
  • The marketplace bot is insane. I was able to buy 140 mem frags in about 30 mins. Good luck doing that without the bot.
  • The auto-processing is also nuts. It processes what looks like 10% faster (don't know exactly how much)

The community is concerned that, to date, only the most obvious hackers / cheaters have been banned, though others also report that they have continued their activities for months without repercussion.

One BDO forum user wrote:

Can't speak for the new speed hacks, but I know for a fact that Kakao do not care about people using bots/hacks in this game purely because these people also spend money in the cash shops. The ban waves are usually for the worst offenders only whilst the majority remain free.

18 months ago I sent Kakao the full personal details of "MrNiceGuy" who is the creator of the main fishing bot. These were details from his website and PayPal, they haven't acted on it. I sent them the source code of the bot at that time, they haven't acted on it. I contacted PayPal as that's one way to pay for his bot, even though selling botting tools are against their Toss, PayPal won't act on it unless Kakao contact them to confirm the bots are used on their game.

Banning the majority of botters and hackers is not a financial advatnage for Kakao, so they won't do anything.

Track the 21-page community discussion on the Black Desert Online forum or at the Reddit thread linked above.

Thanks to DMKano (via MassivelyOP) & our anonymous tipster.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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