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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