Auto-aim cheatmaker halts development at Activision’s request


The makers of a machine-learning-powered auto-aim cheat tool have halted development and taken down their website “at the request of Activision Publishing.” That’s according to a message posted on the User Vision website, in which developer USER101 promises the group “will no longer be developing or providing access to software that could be used to exploit [Activision]’s games. My intent was never to do anything illegal.”

Previous versions of the User Vision software offered more basic cheating functions like “recoil adjustment” that automatically steadies a player’s aim and a “trigger bot” that shoots automatically when an enemy is detected in the player’s crosshairs. Last week, though, the makers of User Vision started promoting a future version that would provide “full auto-aim [and] full auto-shots” on “any game” for PC, Xbox, or PlayStation.

User Vision’s proposed auto-aim cheat was designed to work without any modifications to the hardware or software running the game itself, thanks to a combination of external capture cards, machine-learning algorithms to detect enemies, and external hardware to emulate user input.

Many of User Vision’s promotional videos—which showed the tool being used in Call of Duty games—were taken offline late last week due to a copyright claim from Call of Duty publisher Activision. The entire YouTube account seems to no longer exist, and the User Vision Discord appears to be offline as well.

While USER101 wrote on the User Vision website that “this statement was not required,” it seems clear that legal threats from the publisher are behind the sudden shutdown (Activision has not responded to a request for comment from Ars Technica). Those threats are no joke; publishers including Riot Games, Ubisoft, Take Two, and Epic Games have taken cheatmakers to court in recent years. The cases have often resulted in significant monetary damages against software-makers that violate an online game’s terms of service.

USER101 stressed that the auto-aim functionality showcased in User Vision’s videos had yet to make it to a published version of the software. USER101 also tried to refocus the conversation by saying that “this type of technology [has] other actual assistive benefits; for example, by…

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