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Star Citizen item-dupe exploit gets 600 accounts banned


  • 600+ Star Citizen accounts were suspended for item-duplication exploits, distorting the game's economy.
  • Cloud Imperium Games resolved the issue, removing illicit currency and investigating further cheats.
  • Despite raising $700 million, Star Citizen remains unfinished and faces criticism for feature creep.

More than 600 Star Citizen accounts have been suspended following the discovery of an item-duplication exploit, which the players had been using to sell the items and gain more in-game currency, warping the space MMO’s economy in the process.

Cloud Imperium Games, Star Citizen’s publisher, investigated player complaints and tips and found multiple exploits of the Alpha United Earth Currency in build 3.23.1a, which have since been resolved. The cheating accounts, in addition to being suspended, had the illicit currency removed to restore the in-game economy.

“Cheating and exploiting undermine the integrity of our game and the efforts of our dedicated backers who help us build Star Citizen,” Will Leverett, CIG’s senior director for player relations, wrote in a note to players. “We take these actions seriously and assure you that we are continuously developing additional measures against cheating and exploitation.”

Leverett went on to say that exploits are “likely to arise” at this stage of the 12-year-old game’s development.

What’s the current state of Star Citizen?

Star Citizen, officially unfinished, nonetheless has raised $700 million in crowdfunding for its development, mainly through the sale of in-world spacecraft (sometimes at whale-sized prices) and other items.

First announced with a Kickstarter campaign in 2012, Star Citizen has nonetheless faced constant criticism for its unfinished state, feature creep, and Cloud Imperium’s inability to deliver on big promises, like the story-based, single-player module Squadron 42, which carries an A-list cast of more than a dozen big Hollywood names.

It’s most recent version, 3.23, arrived in mid-May. Named Adventure Beckons, it brings native wildlife to the game’s worlds, some of which are hostile or can be hunted.

Featured image via Cloud Imperium Games

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Owen Good
Gaming Editor (US)

Owen Good is a 15-year veteran of video games writing, also covering pop culture and entertainment subjects for the likes of Kotaku and Polygon. He is a Gaming Editor for ReadWrite working from his home in North Carolina, the United States, joining this publication in April, 2024. Good is a 1995 graduate of North Carolina State University and a 2000 graduate of The Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, in New York. A second-generation newspaperman, Good's career before covering video games included daily newspaper stints in North Carolina; in upstate New York; in Washington, D.C., with the Associated Press; and…

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