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Epic Games buys Finnish anti-cheat software startup Kamu

By Cal Jeffrey · 4 replies
Oct 8, 2018
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  1. As Fortnite continues to churn out cash for Epic, the company is looking at expanding its reach by investing some of that profit. You might think this would involve opening a new studio or starting work on a new game. However, the game maker has other plans in mind.

    On Monday, Epic announced its acquisition of anti-cheat startup Kamu. The Helsinki-based company is the maker of Easy Anti-Cheat.

    “Kamu’s team and tools have been key to building a vibrant Fortnite multiplayer experience that’s fair for all players,” said Epic’s CEO and founder Tim Sweeney in a press release.

    Kamu has been around since 2013 and provides anti-cheat services to over 80 different games installed on more than 100 million PCs worldwide. Sweeney sees this as a good investment, and he should know. Easy Anti-Cheat is the platform that Epic uses in its own game Fortnite to detect and prevent cheating.

    At least at this time, Epic will not be moving make the software an in-house-only platform. Considering the size of the install base, it is not surprising that Sweeney would like some time to see how the software continues to fair with non-Epic titles and to leave those licensing opportunities open. It also provides the company with offices in Finland with very little additional expense.

    Kamu management seems happy with the merger.

    “Joining the Epic family is not only a childhood dream come true, but a huge boost for our mission to help developers create beautiful gaming experiences,” said Kamu CEO Simon Allaeys.

    The firm is not strictly focused on anti-cheat software. It is also working on solutions for providing game telemetry and management.

    “Battling cheating in games was just the start; today our products also help developers stay competitive by identifying player needs as quickly as they emerge,” said Allaeys.

    Epic sees “live gaming” as a growing industry that will need support from companies like Kamu. Merging with the startup makes sense for the future growth of both Epic and Kamu.

    “Building and launching games today is incredibly challenging, and only half the battle,” said Sweeney. “Kamu’s tools for managing live games help developers grow and sustain their games successfully after launch. At Epic, we succeed when developers succeed!”

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  2. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    Modding the code I see, Those cheater make the game play not so fun. Nice game to play but not so nice to get smacked!
  3. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Evangelist Posts: 713   +284

    LoL @ Epic buying this crap. Its being used in Pubg currently. It isnt stopping the cheating. While cheating wont ever be stopped, there are ways to fight them, this isnt one of them.

    Blizzard seems to have one of the best anti cheat programs out there.

    Devs really need to start doing more.

    At least now we know why Pubg is trying to build their own in house anti cheat program.
  4. Versutus

    Versutus TS Enthusiast Posts: 52   +28

    Easy anti-cheat is a good software I think. Cheaters are so rare in Fortnite right now. Or just they do not want to mess with me and my 1.65 k/d. :-D
  5. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    Hope they will be less anti consumer than denuvo and that everyone starts using them (or any other system than denuvo). Denuvo lowers fps and in worst cases crashes games, pirates get the better version so I can't buy any games with denuvo as they only punish the paying customers. I don't support companies that punish customers for other peoples actions.

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