In September of 2000, a small effort began to fight back against
the growing problem of online cheating. With the first release of the PunkBuster™
anti-cheat system, a new hope was born. It was finally possible to fight back against cheating.
For more than 15 years, Even Balance, Inc. has been the industry leader in the race to
fight cheating. As the industry leader in anti-cheat, PunkBuster has been successfully
integrated into dozens of titles, monitored millions of players, and successfully detected
hundreds of thousands of cheaters.
The staff members at Even Balance, Inc. work daily to research and detect the programs that cheaters
use to gain an unfair advantage. We recognize that modern video game engines are extremely complex
pieces of software and, as such, are extremely vulnerable to the destructive mindset of cheaters. We
also recognize that the methods that cheaters use change constantly as they try to avoid detection.
For these reasons, PunkBuster is made to be extremely agile in it's design. PunkBuster's
software components can be updated frequently to give cheaters a moving target, turning their primary
focus from cheating in the game to avoiding detection.
PunkBuster's memory scanning technology works much like an anti-virus program by objectively
scanning computer memory looking for signs that a cheat is loaded.
The PunkBuster anti-cheat system includes the following features:
Compatibility with all major and many proprietary game engines
Cross-platform support (Windows, Linux, Mac)
Game specific counter-measures
Background auto-update system (PunkBuster updates while players play)
Server admin tools (screen shots, logging, streaming, remote access, etc.)
Continuous memory scanning during game play
Environment modification detection
Game integrity verification
...and, staff members with more than 15 years of experience in the industry