Roblox in hot water over non-existent anti-cheat measures

Roblox in hot water over non-existent anti-cheat measures
Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

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Roblox being in trouble feels like a cliche these days. The company is permanently in the dog box for the most obscure and immoral reasons. Roblox always seems to go above and beyond with its immorality that it actually came as quite a surprise when we learned that it was guilty of the most basic offense known to the video gaming industry – not having a proper anti-cheat protocol in place. 


This is a company that has been implicated in everything from allegations of rampant child exploitation to the sick trend of exploiting the time and talents of young game developers for free. Unfortunately, this new allegation is still a rather significant offense, albeit not one the platform can be prosecuted for. Cheating is a problem in most games, but, as usual, Roblox takes allowing cheating to an extreme.

A simple Google search for Roblox hacks or cheats will reveal pages of search results that offer everything from free in-game currency to hacks that add-ons that literally aim for you. This proves how dire the platform’s problem with hackers is. 

Having a hacker on a server is detrimental to the average player who just wants to have a good time within the various games available on Roblox. Still, it seems the problem is even more dire for developers and moderators. 

Hutch is a developer in charge of a popular zombie survival Roblox title called Apocalypse Rising. Since the game went free-to-play, the number of bans instituted has doubled. Unfortunately, banning is the most that you can do on Roblox where cheaters are concerned, and it carries no permanent consequences. 

‘It is exhausting and demoralizing dealing with exploiters all the time. The enjoyment I get out of developing games on Roblox doesn’t even start to outweigh the burnout myself, and my moderation teams suffer through. It’s so much larger of an issue than just an anti-cheat problem and it never feels like any meaningful progress is made by Roblox to assist developers with these issues.’

A Twitter poll revealed that other developers echo Hutch’s concerns. Roblox is not new to the firing squad, and the platform hasn’t really made an effort in any arena to stop its services from being associated with immoral content or actions. It seems developers are alone on this one too. In other Roblox news, it seems the platform had a plan for adapting to China’s censorship rules.

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Russell Kidson

Russell Kidson

I hail from the awe-inspiring beauty of South Africa. Born and raised in Pretoria, I've always had a deep interest in local history, particularly conflicts, architecture, and our country's rich past of being a plaything for European aristocracy. 'Tis an attempt at humor. My interest in history has since translated into hours at a time researching everything from the many reasons the Titanic sank (really, it's a wonder she ever left Belfast) to why Minecraft is such a feat of human technological accomplishment. I am an avid video gamer (Sims 4 definitely counts as video gaming, I checked) and particularly enjoy playing the part of a relatively benign overlord in Minecraft. I enjoy the diverse experiences gaming offers the player. Within the space of a few hours, a player can go from having a career as an interior decorator in Sims, to training as an archer under Niruin in Skyrim. I believe video games have so much more to teach humanity about community, kindness, and loyalty, and I enjoy the opportunity to bring concepts of the like into literary pieces.

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