Kaspersky issued a new global survey that explores the role of performance in gaming and their attitudes towards it.
It revealed that professional gamers stand for fair play and competition, with 68% of esports pros agreeing that using cheats is inappropriate, even if it means their team can win. Survey results also show that cheating can cause negative emotions in gamers – 86% of professional players admit they get angry when another player cheats. In addition, 76% of pro gamers believe that using cheats or loopholes shows a player is not good enough to win honestly.
According to various surveys, cheating is not unusual in the gaming world. According to the recent study commissioned by Omdia “Cheating, hacking, piracy and esports: critical steps needed to protect the industry,” 81% of respondents flagged cheating or hacking in esports as either a ‘major’ or ‘moderate’ concern.
Kaspersky’s data revealed that most professional gaming communities stand for fair play. In particular, 68% of esports pros don’t recognize cheats as a suitable winning method. And 86% of professional gamers say they become furious when other players cheat.
Besides, esports pros believe using cheats and loopholes discredits gaming qualities and achievements. According to research data, most (76%) of professional gamers believe that using cheats and loopholes shows a player’s skills are not good enough to win fairly.
Moreover, the professional gaming community believes that the industry must do more to stop cheaters. Almost all esports pros (92%) believe that game provider should do more to prevent players from using cheats in their games.
“Gamers are not happy when someone has an illegal advantage over honest players and expect game manufacturers and platforms to create conditions for fair play,” shared Marina Titova, Vice-President, Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky.
To maintain the high level of performance and security of the system, Kaspersky recommends the following:
- A strong, reliable security solution would greatly help you, especially if it won’t slow down your computer while you’re playing. But at the same time, it will protect you from every possible cyberthreat.
- It’s safer to buy games on official sites only and wait for the sales — they regularly take place, so you won’t be sitting on your hands for long.
- Try to avoid buying the first thing that pops up. Before buying less well-known titles, read the reviews even during Steam’s summer sale. If something sounds like a fantastic offer, it probably is, and people will figure it out.
- Beware of phishing campaigns and unfamiliar gamers. It’s a good option to double-check the website you are redirected to via a link in a received email and the extension of a file you will open.
- It’s safer to buy games on official sites and wait for the sales — they take place fairly often, so you won’t sit on your hands for long.
- Try to avoid buying the first thing that pops up. Even during Steam’s summer sale, before forking out the dough for a little-known title, at least read some reviews of it. If something is fishy, people will probably figure it out.
- Beware of phishing campaigns and unfamiliar gamers. It’s an excellent option to double-check the website you are redirected to via a link in a received email and the extension of a file you will open.
- Reliable security solutions can support specific modes created for gamers. For instance, “Gaming” and “Do not Disturb” modes in the new Kaspersky solutions turn on automatically while users are gaming, watching movies, or on a video call and turn off when they are done. When apps intended for work, study or play are used, the relevant mode activates itself, hiding tasks and notifications. Users only receive critical security alerts when their attention is required.
You can read the full report via this link.