Get $200 by Reporting Online Hacks in Dinosaur Game Ark

Studio Wildcard wants to know about any exploits that can work on its official servers.


Ark: Survival Evolved maker Studio Wildcard has doubled the reward for its bounty program, and is now offering $200 to anyone who reports in-game hacks or exploits that fulfill certain criteria.

Over on the game's Steam forums this week, Wildcard announced the first recipient of the original bounty, which at the time offered $100. In that case, player ZeroDay(++) contacted the company about a "potential hack/exploit which could force servers to crash unexpectedly, as well as have other unintended side-effects." After sharing the steps for reproducing the issue, the studio was able to see the exploit for itself, and a few hours later, $100 had been sent through PayPal.

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Since then, Wildcard has decided to double the bounty to $200. Keep in mind, there are limitations on what qualifies for this--Wildcard is looking for any kind of hack "that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability," but it must work on the official online servers. Single-player cheats or those that work on unofficial servers don't qualify, nor do things like aimbots or speedhacks.

Everything submitted to Wildcard (through the email address will be evaluated, and you may still qualify for a bounty "if we determine that the issue falls outside the scope of 'hacks,' but still qualifies as an extremely critical bug (such as wide-scale easy duping, or methods of crashing the server, etc.)."

You won't necessarily receive a reply to your email, but Wildcard insists it's reading everything it receives. There are, however, a number of frequently reported hacks that it says it doesn't care about, so you should avoid emailing about those. According to a post on Steam, they include:

  • ArtificialAiming: These guys make ESP/Aimbots/Enhanced Perception mods. We don't want to hear about these, we know, and VAC will handle them.
  • MrAntiFun: This guy makes OFFLINE, SINGLE-PLAYER CHEATS ONLY. It says so on his website.
  • CheatHappens: These guys make OFFLINE, SINGLE-PLAYER CHEATS ONLY. It says so on their website.
  • GameCopy World: These guys provide OFFLINE, SINGLE-PLAYER CHEATS/TRAINERS ONLY.
  • ANY exploit that cannot be used online, on our official servers. This means things like making single-player characters which can be uploaded to non-official servers, or admins that are abusing their powers on non-official private servers.

Ark launched in Steam Early Access earlier this month and has already made more than $10 million. In addition to PC, the game is set to come to Xbox One and PS4.

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i had made an account on official server 438....i had made it to lvl 36 an this tribe called livin on a prayer attacked us destroyed all our base so i talked shit to them an then logged off then when i came back on i had to make a new char my lvl 36 had been removed somehow so i think they are hackin somthing to look in to

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Aggressive stance against cheating, I like it.

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Make an account, hack the game. Make another account, report the hack.

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@HippyTrippy: you would still be working for your money that way. And if you have those skills, would the time/money be worth it?

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@Etagloc: Uh, this got way too deep. Sure?

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@HippyTrippy: You'd have to make some helluva hack that nukes servers. Lower caliber won't do :).

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@th3soldier: Heh heh heh :D

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I might buy this (early access, unfinished work in progress) game since it's been getting so much positive feedback on Steam and the AAA Batman: Arkham Knight finished product that I wanted got pulled because it was in a worse state than an alpha build.

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@XNEXUS666X: ARK is so good.

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Wow Rockstar....WOW! Take note.

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@Vorheez: Yeah, and Arkham Knight doesn't even have a major online component.

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Great move, I'm trying to get into this game, but it's a slow process.

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@chrisb2313: if you don't enjoy games like rust then you won't enjoy this one, it's just another survival game just with dinos. Some people dig that, I don't get too excited about it but I'm okay with it when I have time to burn.

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wow thats cool

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It's a good move. Whole web should be going towards paying users for any form of recorded information. Bi-directional links will have to be introduced if we want to keep on paying for things with money, and not as it can be, by being eligible to be displayed adverts to, which in current situation is going to happen.

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Try finishing the game before releasing it.

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@Suikogaiden: It's early access. In Alpha still.

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And yet being sold.

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@Suikogaiden: Yeah I agree. Really don't like this whole early access rubbish, and what's worse, is that everyone thinks its ok and keep supporting it. They make excuses like "oh but it's alpha, it will get better later and there are bound to be bugs". How are people ok with this? And people wonder why these days all they get when buying games are broken messes. Can't say it's not deserved.

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> ArtificialAiming: These guys make ESP/Aimbots/Enhanced Perception mods. We don't want to hear about these, we know, and VAC will handle them.

No they wont, haha. :)

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Game is such utter shit. Wow.

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i doubt u played it.

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@CommandoAgent: or he just doesn't enjoy survival games. people who like fast paced games usually don't like things like it.

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This game is FANTASTIC

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Let me know when it's out of early access.

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@Thanatos2k: ditto haha

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@Vorheez: more like dilo

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@borgking1234: I fucking don't understand why they went with the jurassic park dilo when they did the correct spino. maybe because they already had a utahraptor it would be just a bit smaller clone of it? or they could have used the actual veloci raptor that is the same size as the jurassic park dilo.

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Wow, that's a job I can get behind. <So what do you do for a living?> (Oh, I'm a security officer) <Oh? For what location> (An internet game with dinosaurs) <Slowly backs away>

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@nefphlegm: lol

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@nefphlegm: actually, reaction would be something like this - "wow, this is so cool, i wish i had a job like that"

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@Saidrex: You're absolutely right. No sarcasm or jokes. Very serious! I am!

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People questioned Blizzard when they laid down the ban hammer on bots, and accounts for cheating and exploits, or spec ops more then 10yrs ago when they created a third party business to weed out glitchers, hackers, and those that used exploits.

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@jenovaschilld: Because Blizzard also tried to ban people for running their own servers. This dev encourages it, and doesn't want to hear about people hacking their own private servers to do weird things.

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If only big cheese still have his money hel be able to report about the bug in this game and earn his $200, unreported...


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@Monsterkillah: LOL. Wrong comment section. BigNipplesUSA won't see your comment.

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Cheating, in a PC Game?!?!

Noooooooooo Waaaaaayyyyyy

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@acharis_frost: So, who said they were surprised that cheating happens in games?

I fail to see why this has been said.

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@Crabjock: Called Sarcasm.

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@acharis_frost: I get that it's sarcasm. I just don't see anyone shocked about the cheating. The reason why, you know, you're being sarcastic.

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@Crabjock: Then you would understand the entire post was made in jest. Calm down, its just the internet.

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@acharis_frost: After all this feedback, I guess I won't make my sad joke about calling you a stupid cosorry gamer that can't afford to lay games like I can on MY AMD-vidia system that runs at 4.7 TGz. yeah, that's TRIGAHERTZ, they don't even make those in the U.S. yet, but it's actually 4X's faster and handles 53GB RAM and hits 24K. I g=haven't even overclocked it yet......

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@acharis_frost: What is this "cheating" you speak of and where can I get some