ARK: Survival Evolved dev forks out $100 to exploit-reporting player

By Brenna Hillier, Thursday, 25 June 2015 04:20 GMT

If you can find a problem with ARK: Survival Evolved before its developer does, you can earn yourself some cash.

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ARK: Survival Evolved developers Studio Wildcard, Instinct Games, Efecto Studios and Virtual Basement offered a $100 bounty on hacks and exploits for the popular Early Access title.

This week, it made good on that promise. Player ZeroDay(++) got in touch about a potential issue, providing a replication guide allowing the development team to confirm its existence. The team promptly sent $100 via PayPal, as promised.

As yet the exploit has not been fixed, according to a Steam Community post, but an update is promised soon.

It’s great to see a developer leveraging the brains of its players for the power of good to fight cheaters, rather than just issuing after the fact bans. Nice one, ARK: Survival Evolved. I see you’re a survival game about hunting and even riding dinosaurs. You have my attention.

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