Proving that crime doesn’t pay (well, not in the long run anyway), an official report from Chinese Dota 2 Publisher Perfect World claims that four individuals have been arrested for allegedly developing and distributing scripts for Dota 2.
The four Chinese men have been accused of creating five scripts and distributing them through ‘various channels’ on the internet for profit. The four men have apparently turned a nice profit too, around RMB 1,000,000 (~140,000 USD) before being arrested. The police report lists the five scripts as followed;
- Auto-cast Dark Seer Combo
- Auto-Ghost work to disjoint spells for Invoker
- Auto lane-pushing for Arc-Warden
- Courier Mastery: Your teammates cannot control the courier when you’re using it.
- Auto hit-and-run
The following is an extract from the police report (thanks to VPEsports);
“Script seriously affects players’ gaming experience which is hated and resisted by the majority of players. For a while, we have received reports from players about two types of scripts in Dota2 which have been spread through various channels. After receiving those reports, Perfect World gave great importance to this matter and launched a thorough investigation immediately.
After going through some twists and turns, we finally got the source code of these two scripts. We also communicated with Valve so they can add them into Valve Anti-Cheat System (VAC). Users of these scripts will be marked and banned.
Considering that the scripts will not only ruin the gaming experience of other players but also can potentially compromise internet information security, we reported this matter to the local police and on September 3rd. All persons (4 men) involved in this matter were arrested for “providing programs in the purpose of intrusion and illegal control of computer information systems””.