Splatoon 2 Player Exploits Ranked Leaderboards to Share Anti-Cheating Message With Nintendo

Splatoon 2 Player Exploits Ranked Leaderboards to Share Anti-Cheating Message With Nintendo

Inkopolis Square is also now overrun with pleads for Nintendo to add anti-cheating measures.

Splatoon 2 has had a pervasive cheating problem for months now in high-level play. It boils down to hardware exploits, which have only spiraled into worse territory as the months have gone on. And recently, a player utilized a hack to tweak their power level to reach the top of the Rank X leaderboards across Splatoon 2's Ranked Modes, hoping to send a message to Nintendo.

That message came in the top four slots on the Rank X leaderboard, reading out "Please Add Anti Cheat." On Reddit a user going by the same name showed proof that it was them, releasing a larger statement on the matter.

"I've never personally played the first Splatoon, but I heard how bad it was, being overrun by cheaters who tamper with the game and impose unfair advantages on others. I, at first, was relieved that the Switch had a decently strong system security," they write. "Perhaps that's what the development team thought as well," the player, Yet it doesn't justify removing all the security measures from the first game, and leave the game and its players completely defenseless to ill-purposed griefers who mod their game to victory. I figured that someone needs to deliver a message to Nintendo. And a loud one."

Nintendo seemingly noticed, and has since removed the user's leaderboard exploit, plummeting their Rank X score to the number 0 (something that's otherwise impossible). That hasn't stopped players from speaking out though. On Twitter and in Splatoon 2's Inkopolis hub, players are adopting the #PleaseAddAntiCheat hashtag. Even refreshing the multiplayer hub, I've seen numerous calls for Nintendo to listen.

Around a third of the posts I've seen in Inkopolis Square today have this slogan on it.

Splatoon 2 isn't the only multiplayer game with pervasive cheating problems, obviously. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has notably been vigilant in its prevalence in its game, with frequent updates and behind-the-scenes work in an effort to fix its hacking epidemic. Nintendo, however, have been quiet on the topic. In the latest update 3.2.0, there is no mention of amendments to any of Splatoon 2's current exploits, which include a speed hack and infinite bombs.

"My purpose was to call attention to the current issue that plagues the game, and I've done that," writes the player who used an exploit on the Rank X leaderboards. "But my message [to Nintendo] is, please make protecting your players the top priority. Please add anti-cheat." Across Inkopolis, it seems a minor movement has sparked because of their actions. With some of the cheaters being able to even somehow evade being reported, it's a hefty problem for any online game.

In the meantime, Splatoon 2's next Splatfest, which pits Octolings against Inklings, commences on July 21. Today, the Pearl and Marina amiibos inked their way to store shelves, which unlock exclusive Octo Expansion-themed outfits. For more on the game, check out our guide to Splatoon 2 to find out what the best weapons are, and more.

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Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

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