MiHoYo reigns in Genshin Impact’s aggressive anti-cheat system

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MiHoYo reigns in Genshin Impact’s aggressive anti-cheat system

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ImageGenshin Impact is the new hotness right now, surpassing 10 million pre-registrations for Chinese mobile developer miHoYo. The free-to-play JRPG has been out for two days, and already, players have taken issue with the anti-cheat software. Like Valorant earlier this year, Genshin Impact has kernel-level anti-cheat software. The problem: When exiting or uninstalling the game, the software would continue to run. In a blog post addressing the matter, miHoYo claims “the anti-cheat program continues to run in order to prevent the use of certain external plug-ins.” Regardless, miHoYo sent an update live yesterday, disabling the anti-cheat software whenever players close or exit the game. Cheating privacy Naturally, with a kernel-level program running at all times on a game from a Chinese developer known for two high-quality, but aggressively monetized, mobile games, there were privacy concerns. The issue echoes problems Riot Games—a company owned by Tencent—faced earlier this y...

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