There are allegedly more cheaters than ever on the site, which is bad news for Escape From Tarkov. It’s a claim muddled among unsatisfactory adjustments, difficult upgrades to looting mechanics, and rapid general instability, leaving too many gamers with bad taste.
To find out how many cheaters are causing havoc throughout Escape from Tarkov, one YouTuber and player named g0at installed his cheats. They participated in a series of “raids” to explore the issue.
Although his video is insightful, some community members have objected because they regard it as a stunning advertisement for how simple it is to succeed as a cheater in Escape From Tarkov.
‘More Afraid of the Cheat Developers’
Launched in 2016, Escape From Tarkov is credited with helping to establish the extraction shooter subgenre. Players enter a fictional area divided into multiple small regions in this hard-core, hyper-realistic shooter with the main goal of looting, surviving, performing missions, and successfully exiting the map once more.
YouTuber g0at has gone to extreme lengths to reveal Tarkov’s cheats in the most contentious video to appear in the area. He installed one of the most well-liked cheat packages and participated in many raids.
G0at set out on a quest to learn how many people in his raids were also using ESP (Extra-Sensory Perception) hacks. Players can see all the information they require about their opponents using these exploits, including their location, health, kill-death ratio, loadout, and even the direction they are facing.
Ultimately, his inquiry turned up some unsettling facts that, unfortunately, no one was particularly surprised to hear:
Over 60% of my raids had blatant cheaters. I encountered cheaters five raids in a row one night.
After dissecting it, g0at acknowledged that in 125 raids while using ESP, he:
- Never encountered a flier hacker (a cheater that can fly around the map)
- Using the stinking leg invincibility hack, I had no raids (a strange cheat that gives a player invulnerability in exchange for an odd posture)
- Never came upon a speed cheat (cheats that give a player unnaturally fast movement abilities)
- He wasn’t slain by cheaters using aimbot or intentionally, maliciously, or aggressively targeting players. Hence he nearly never rage-hacked or used aimbot.
He teamed up with a well-known hacker in his early attempts to obtain information on cheats. But, after a damaging disclosure, that scheme failed:
He knew the cheat developers could identify him even though I had promised to keep him anonymous. Evoker was more concerned about being discovered by the game developer than the cheat’s creator.
But how precisely did g0at identify the hacker?
Everything is in the Wiggle
The global language of Escape From Tarkov is “wiggling.” It shows that you are aware of another player and almost always mean to be kind. It ‘wiggles’ left and right by using the lean feature.
But for g0at, it turned into a tool. He would wiggle while concealed and staring at a player he suspected of cheating using his ESP software; if the person wiggled back, it confirmed that they were also cheating.
No of how he obtained the information or whether using cheats put him in a bad situation, the fact is that Escape From Tarkov is utterly rife with them. Sadly, the cheat developers are “more meticulous and restricted with their software than the game developer,” adding that more cheaters are active at night (in real-time).
Everyone is asking about my take on the whole g0at cheater video. tl;dr: I'm skeptical that anything good can/will come from it. I learned nothing new, there's nothing actionable or groundbreaking. I'm not surprised, amazed, baffled like so many in the community. It's just.. meh.
— Veritas (@VeriitasGames) February 25, 2023
The neighborhood is now split. One side criticizes g0at for his obvious promotion of cheats and how simple it is to get them. The other side applauds his attempts to reveal a sickness permeating Tarkov.
If anything will change soon or even if anything can change is still being determined. Escape From Tarkov’s cheater issue has long been an accepted “part of life,” but it is getting worse with time and may have reached a breaking point.
The video was uploaded a day ago, and since then, g0at has added 10,000 new subscribers to his YouTube channel.
The developer, Battlestate Games, has been asked for additional details and feedback on g0at’s research.
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