Every video game has its cheaters, even when there’s nothing at stake besides a new digital shiny. When there’s $20,000 at stake, though … then the folks in charge need to make sure their security is double- and triple-strong.

That apparently wasn’t the case with the Deadman Autumn tournament in Old School RuneScape. The community has leveled concerns ranging from “targeted DDoSing, allegations of staff favouritism, broken game mechanics, and unfair disqualifications.” That’s from Jagex’s official statement, most of which is also alleged in a Reddit post from a player.

Jagex’s statement praises the concept of the tournament and the staff for their hard work. But even though “Allegations of a varying nature have emerged over the past few days,” only the last survivor of the tournament has been disqualified and his account(s) banned, due to having only circumstantial evidence of other misdeeds. That raises the question of what to do with the $20,000 in prize money, and Jagex has yet to come to a decision on that front:

A few ideas we have at the moment are another charitable donation, dispersing the money among the finalists, or carrying it over to the next season (or a combination of all of these).

Going forward, the developer will discuss internally how to police such events in the future and respond appropriately to future infractions. Maybe they need to nuke a few more million accounts.

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.


  1. I watched the tournament and 2 of 3 people in the finals disconnected but a better term would be ddosed. They posted screenshots of them somehow magically disconnecting in the finals and its absolutely ridiculous that there is a jagex moderator in a clan known for ddosing. Fact: Runescape changed the item drop on death because of this clan because they were ddosing worlds with people in boss rooms with expensive gear so they would die and the ddosers enter the boss room and loot the drops…..

    • Those of the one of the reason why most people are giving up
      Multiplayer online games. It become a nightmare mode for those who like use third-party software.

      • There needs to be some laws against cheating. People in the west need to take game more seriously and enforce laws that punish cheaters by having them pay fines and stuff.


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