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DICE hiring Anti-Cheating Administrator

EA's Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment (aka DICE) has posted a job ad for an “internet savvy” Anti-Cheat Administrator to assist the studio in tracking down and stamping out cheaters in Battlefield 3 and its other properties.

Now showing on EA's job site, the position is available at DICE's headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and will require the lucky candidate to become an expert on the latest cheat tactics, analyze players' behavior data, sift through public reports, and take action on shady players when and if the need arises.

“The administrator will compose an absolutely vital function to secure the online experience our games represent by actively be a part of the community and keep up to date with the current cheat exposure,” reads the ad, continuing, “The administrator will also own the analytical work with our player behavior data to keep our leaderboards and game play filled with fair play.”

This is a good time for EA and DICE to be demonstrating a crack-down on cheaters. This month, a number of PC Battlefield 3 players were wrongfully banned by hackers in protest of DICE's Punkbuster anti-cheat measures. DICE has since corrected the erroneous bans, but the wound is still fresh. Do you feel comforted by DICE's anti-cheating strategy?

11 comments

  • TheMasterJeef - January 31, 2012 4:46 a.m.

    I can’t comment on the PC, as i don’t play games on my PC. But I can imagine how utterly game destroying it would be. In general, the only major change needs to be to the MAV. It should not be able to support the weight of a man (i.e. can’t be used as an express lift to unreachable parts of the map) and it should not be able to kill anyone. I can count the number of times I have seen an MAV used as intended (spotting troops, jamming equipment) on one hand. DICE, please fix this.
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 30, 2012 2:24 p.m.

    All I want is for them to ban frag ammo and MAV kills and I will be a happy man.
  • lilbuddha - January 30, 2012 2:04 p.m.

    A BIT LATE. Since most of the posters on here seem to be console folk (you inferior people you), you don't know the situation quite as well. -Dice makes hit detection (among other things) completely client side to help reduce lag during gameplay -Hackers quickly discover this, write a multitude of hacks ranging from aimbots, wallhacks, to even being able to boot server admins from their OWN server -Hackers make public what they are doing, and the vulnerabilities DURING ALPHA testing -Nothing is done -Flash forward months after release and you've got completely destroyed leaderboards, videos on youtube of hackers killing DICE devs, servers where a guy will come on and instantly kill the entire team, from anywhere instantly, and so forth. -To top it all off, they found a way to flag INNOCENT players as hackers to Punkbuster, causing them to get banned. Dice / EA's public response ? "We're working hard on banning all the hackers". They let themselves get to this point by 1. using PB 2. not being proactive 3. Not putting ANY server side checks of hit detection
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 30, 2012 2:29 p.m.

    Oh wow, I never heard of any of that. Sounds even worse than BC2.
  • lilbuddha - January 30, 2012 3:08 p.m.

    I put ~300hrs into BC2, no where near the hackers as BF3. One issue is that some people simply don't see the hackers as often, if you play on 64 man servers for example (ie: Part of the whole point of playing Battlefield in the first place), you'll see them much more often than 32 man servers. Like close quarter maps ? Even moreso. I like 64 man, large maps and am guaranteed to see a blatant hacker within ~4hours of gameplay and a questionable one within ~2hrs of gameplay. "questionable" being someone who doesn't destroy the whole team, but happens to be rank 20 and headshots you EVERY time you see him, has better reactions than you EVERY time, and has no issues making huge long distance shots with non-sniper rifles EVERY time. Not impossible to do, but improbable.
  • Mr StepInside - January 30, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    My view as a 360 gamer.. Things this Might do: - Ease DICE's guilt over their aweful handling of post release support Things this Wont do: - Fix any of the actual problems with the game itself - Remove the patch - Filter the chaff from a poisonous community - Make people play the objective - Help me remember that LB wont cut the fence it will start a very short game of catch the grenade with it instead DICE couldn't comfort me with a hot cup of coco and a reach around
  • Twonk - January 30, 2012 12:03 p.m.

    The main problem is the Team kill just to get a jet. They need to add a points penalty for killing someone on the team.
  • SideOfBeef - January 30, 2012 1:12 p.m.

    Uh... they didn't already have one? That seems like a pretty serious oversight...
  • SideOfBeef - January 30, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    Uh... the above was directed at the article, not your post. As for teamkilling for jets... there isn't teamkilling (unless maybe you're in hardcore, which you shouldn't be)
  • alanmeades - January 30, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Sounds like my idea of a perfect job, helps that I just happen to be finishing a PhD in online cheating. Don't think that the move to Stockholm would go down well with the kids though... I wonder if they want any interns?
  • ThisIsMyFuckingThirdAccount - January 30, 2012 2:26 p.m.

    There's a degree for that? 0_0 I want to get into Network Security when I get out of the military. Different vein, same body.

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