Fair Play Rules
To clear up any confusion in the community on what constitutes cheating we have the following Fair Play Rules..
Hacking the game, in any way, is cheating.
Using multiple accounts in the same game to gain an advantage is cheating.
Playing with someone you know and working together to gain advantage is cheating.
What happens when a player is reported for any of the above?
The following action will be taken if they are found to have broken these rules;
If the player was hacking, they will be banned.
If the player has been colluding (offences 2 or 3), first their rank will be reset.
If the player continues to collude after a first offence, they may be banned on a second offence depending on the circumstances.
Q: How do I report a player?
A: Create a support ticket at http://smgstudio.freshdesk.com/support/tickets/new with the names of the players you think are cheating. Attach accompanying screenshots showing: player/s, evidence of cheating. No more than 3 screenshots please.
Q: Why can't I team up with my friends in Global Domination?
A: We take a "act as you would like to be acted towards" approach here. It is unfair to team up against unsuspecting player who believe they are entering a fair “free for all” game. The ranking system is designed for “free for all” gameplay, not teams.
Q: Will you be adding a team mode in the future?
A: Yes it’s our goal to release a team mode that allows you to play with friends or random allies against another team. No ETA on this currently, but you can find information here http://smgstudio.freshdesk.com/support/discussions/topics/11000009600 .
Q: Will more be done to prevent cheating?
A: Yes, we are currently rolling out a full suite of anti cheating features. Some have already been implemented and it’s logging play now. Q: What is the difference between forming alliances with stranger and forming one with friends? A: There is a difference between: the informal, temporary alliances forged and broken throughout the game (which, with all its betrayal, is an integral part of RISK) and starting a game with a friend or relative as well as strangers in there. This is intentional ganking and will not be tolerated. You can play with your friend as much as you want, but if you don't try beat them as hard as any stranger and random opponent, there will be consequences. If you just want to play for the fun of it with your friends, start a "Play with Friends" game against AI opponents.
Way back in the old days when I played StarCraft, they had a rule that said you can't play a player more than 2 times a week or you're automatically deleted. A similar rule might help. Having "regular" games and "ladder" games would be a way to help, You could require x amount of regular games before you can even play ladder/ranked. And have strict rules like no player with the same IP allowed. If players had to create significant profiles / be a little more identifiable, then I think cheating will greatly reduce. For example, require linking to a facebook account and if you get caught, that account is banned. Yeah you can create multiple FB or google accounts but adding more steps to it would greatly deter it. I have 6 grandmaster accounts and could easily make myself #1 by just playing myself and milking more rank off other players in legit games. But that's a waste of my precious time and no fun. Plus, what do I care if someone sees me go to the top ranks yet nobody has ever played me? I am certain it's just a list of cheaters anyway.
The ultimate anti-cheating solution is to randomize ranked games. All you are allowed to do is push the "auto" or "ladder" button and the game matches you up with the game settings you prefer and similar ranks. You have no choice in what game you play and you can't easily sneak other accounts into the same game. At ow volume hours maybe but during those times when there's 50+ games open, good luck. You can also add an algorithm to prevent accounts from playing each other often. After a game you're not going to see each other again for a week plus. Something like that.
Dude, why the hell do you have SIX frikkin accounts? Why on Earth do people need more than one - especially if you log in with your Google account?
Anyway, SMG should have done this ages ago - so better late than never lol
Hopefully their upcoming Anti-Cheating system works properly and eliminates this (soul destroying!) issue permanently