Oleg Shpilchevsky, Head of Moscow DevStudio, Mail.ru
During our work at "Allods Online" we have been thinking over necessity to restrict negative influence of cheat and bot programs on game universe and players community. We do believe that proper balance maintenance is the basis of fascinating gameplay. Moreover, our game is free to play one and doesn't require subscription fee. Anybody may download game client and dive into Allods world absolutely for free. Revenue is based on in-game items and currency selling. In this particular case "black markets" appearance counteraction is the vital task for long-term support of game world.
Application of technological protection from StarForce was base on worldwide experience of operating and maintenance of huge online universe. We had studies several rival solutions and finally fixed upon StarForce one.
Its quite often when one player gains an advantage over another using specially developed cheat programs. For instance, becomes invulnerable or able to look through walls. Moreover, using of bot programs makes possible to collect in-game items and currency much faster than human. Afterwards, collected items are sold via authorized trading points that reduces game operator income and reduces service quality.
It is need to say that after several testing rounds we were pretty delightful with StarForce protection perfomance.
Also, it is important to mention that such technological matters are utilized in the first place to keep game balance and maintenance player's interest at maximum level. Most of the gamers, to put it mildly, do not love cheaters and botters, thus we first of all think about those who will become "Allods Online" resident.
Regards, Oleg Shpilchevsky,
Head of Moscow DevStudio, Mail.ru Games