Popular Steam Game Offers $US100 To Anyone Who Finds An Exploit

Popular Steam Game Offers $US100 To Anyone Who Finds An Exploit

Have you encountered a bug, glitch or hack while playing Steam's hottest new dinosaur game? You might be sitting on $US100.

ARK: Survival Evolved, a dinosaur survival game that's been tearing up the top-selling charts for almost a month now, is trying something pretty unique for an Early Access game. One of the developers took to the Steam forums yesterday to announce a new scheme where players will be rewarded for finding exploits:

We offer $US100 bounties for anyone who can provide us with hacks of any kind (which are NOT aimbots/esp/speedhacks) that can have an impact on gameplay or server stability on our official, online servers. Feel free to reach out to [email protected] with details.

Already, one player has received cash through PayPal — the developers say the entire reporting process took about two hours before the player was compensated. I'm guessing that once reports start flooding in, the process might take a little longer.

Considering that ARK is in Early Access, and therefore is not done, it comes across as a bold move — surely, there are a number of things floating around, waiting to be reported. Cynically, one could view this as crowdsourcing quality assurance...but considering people are getting paid for their efforts, it's hard for me to side-eye this. It reminds me of Google's "Chrome Reward Program," where they offer up to $US50,000 to anyone that can find vulnerability in Chrome.


Comments

    Yeah, I found an exploit. It's called Early Access, haw-haw-haw...

    Can we get an article on the current state of the free for all that is steam greenlight. This game is one of the exceptions to the majority where content is delivered consistently and it's evident that the devs are actually trying to make the game rather than the rest who half build a game, lose focus and move on to another project (ie- rust).

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