Chinese Police Close $76 Million Cheat-Making Operation

Overwatch was among the games for which Chicken Drumstick sold cheats.
Overwatch was among the games for which Chicken Drumstick sold cheats. / Photo courtesy of Blizzard

Chinese police have shut down a cheat-making operation with $76 million in revenue. Police say it was the largest cheating operation in the world based on the amount of money involved.

The operation, based in the city of Kunshan and called "Chicken Drumstick," sold cheats to players online using a subscription model, the BBC reports. The cheats would work in games including Overwatch and Call of Duty Mobile, and cost anywhere from $10 per day to $200 per month. The Chicken Drumstick sold cheats to hundreds of countries and regions, according to local media.

Kunshan police, working in tandem with Chinese conglomerate Tencent, seized $46 million in assets, destroyed 17 cheats and arrested 10 people in the bust. Several luxury sports cars were among the seized items.

Cheat manufacturers remain an ever-present problem in gaming, but Tencent's involvement with this bust indicates how seriously major games companies are starting to take the issue.