My real premise is I already assume the devs look over the leaderboards. The math I did isn’t very complex, and any of these factors should raise a flag:
- “Total matches played * 45 seconds exceeds 128 hours” (People who play every waking hour and sleep less than 8 hours)
- “Average PvP points per win > 62”, it seems like 62-65 is the upper threshold for PvP points.
- I can’t bring myself to name a win ratio that “looks suspcious”. For obvious reasons, I can’t get anyone who frequently hits the leaderboard to divulge their team/strategies. So I can’t confirm for myself if a win % in the 90s seems feasible.
- But all of the top 10 are doing it, and much of the top 50 have a >90% rate as well, so if cheating were THAT widespread I think the devs would know.
I don’t assert there is no cheating going on. But nobody on the current leaderboard, at least in the top 10, has numbers that make me suspicious they’re anything but a person who values “spending time on a video game” more than just about any other activity.
I don’t assert no investigation of cheaters should be done. But it’s really strange to demand some people always be investigated on a day when there’s no evidence anything is afoot. Once a week.
You’ve got a lot of power and influence as one of the game’s community leaders. Stuff like this is bad for the community unless you have actual proof. When you cry “cheater” even if there is no cheating going on, you make people suspicious.
You know what’d be more effective at stopping cheaters? A very public run, preferably streamed, where a player like awryan devotes a week to chasing the leaderboard. The scandal, everyone would see the team. The scandal, everyone would see the strategies. The outcome: next week’s leaderboard would have a lot of new people behaving at the leaderboard level. The people above that mark on that week would stick out. What’d be different about them? It’d certainly look more suspicious.
But we’ve already wasted at least 2 hours of valuable PvP time on this thread. By my calculations, that’s 90 PvP matches worth up to 5,580 points that the #1 player has and you don’t. You don’t win by being 5k points behind.