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EA SPORTS WRC Anti-Cheat Coming June 2024

EA SPORTS WRC Anti-Cheat Coming June 2024

To create a fair and competitive arena for all, anti-cheat will be coming to popular rally racing game EA SPORTS WRC.

The developers of the video game EA SPORTS WRC (World Rally Championship) are implementing new anti-cheat measures starting in June 2024.

The goal is to maintain a safe and fair competitive environment for all players, especially when it comes to protecting the integrity of the game’s online leaderboards.

Rally racing is portrayed as an intense competition against the clock, the car’s performance, and challenging environments, so preventing cheating on the leaderboards is crucial to preserving an authentic and enjoyable rally experience for everyone playing the game.

FAQ

What is EA anticheat?

EA anticheat is a kernel-mode anti-cheat and anti-tamper solution developed in-house at Electronic Arts.

PC cheat developers have increasingly moved into the kernel, so we need to have kernel-mode protections to ensure fair play and tackle PC cheat developers on an even playing field.

As tech-inclined video gamers ourselves, it is important to us to make sure that any kernel anti-cheat included in our games acts with a strong focus on the privacy and security of our gamers that use a PC.

What platforms is EA anticheat available on?

EA anticheat is used on the PC versions of EA SPORTS™ WRC.

It is not required on Xbox Series X|S or PlayStation 5 versions of the game, which are protected by existing anti-cheat and anti-tamper solutions.

What game versions of EA SPORTS™ WRC feature EA anticheat?

EA anticheat is a part of EA SPORTS™ WRC from Version 1.9.0 onwards.

The release date for the Version 1.9.0 update is to be confirmed, follow our social media channels for the latest news.

How do I install and troubleshoot EA anticheat?

EA SPORTS™ WRC will attempt to install EA anticheat if it is not on your system already.
You can also install EA anticheat manually, please see our installation and troubleshooting FAQ for more information.

Why are you moving to EA anticheat?

Third party anti-cheat solutions are often opaque to our teams, and prevent us from implementing additional privacy controls or customisations that provide greater accuracy and granularity for EA-specific game modes.

With EA anticheat we have full stack ownership of the security & privacy posture, so we can fix security issues as soon as they may arise.

Why is kernel level anti-cheat needed?

This varies on a game-by-game basis.

For games that are highly competitive and contain many online modes such as EA SPORTS™ WRC, kernel-mode protection is absolutely vital.

When cheat programs operate in kernel space, they can make their cheat functionally invisible to anti-cheat solutions that live in user-mode.

Unfortunately, the last few years have seen a large increase in cheats and cheat techniques operating in kernel-mode, so the only reliable way to detect and block these is to continue to have our anti-cheat operate there as well.

Are the System Requirements for EA SPORTS™ WRC changing?

The minimum system requirements for EA SPORTS™ WRC specify Windows 10 as the operating system. This will not change.

Additionally, EA SPORTS™ WRC will not run on the native Steam OS for Steam Deck following the release of EA anticheat.

EA SPORTS™ WRC has officially been categorised as “Unsupported” on Steam Deck since its release in 2023.

Will EA anticheat degrade gameplay?

No.

We’ve conducted extensive internal and independent performance and stability assessments to ensure EA anticheat is as performant and lightweight as possible.

EA anticheat will have no discernible impact on your gameplay.

Does EA anticheat run when I start my PC, or only when the game is running?

EA anticheat only runs when a game with EA anticheat protection included is running.

All anti-cheat processes shut down when the game does.

Does EA anticheat stay on my PC if I uninstall EA SPORTS™ WRC? Can I uninstall it if I want?

If you have uninstalled all of your EA games that have EA anticheat protection, EA anticheat will automatically uninstall and remove itself from your PC.

It can also be manually uninstalled by you at any time you choose and will be completely removed from your PC.

Please note that if you uninstall EA anticheat, any games that require EA anticheat protection will not be playable until EA anticheat is reinstalled.

If you would like to reinstall EA anticheat we’ve made it as easy as possible to do so, with simple prompts in the game launch process.

Does EA anticheat let EA see my browsing history, personal files, or things like that?

Player privacy is a top concern of our Game Security & Anti-Cheat team – after all, we’re players too.
EA anticheat will only look at what it needs to for anti-cheat purposes in our games and we have limited the information EA anticheat collects.

If you have a process on your PC that is trying to interact with our game, EA anticheat could see that and respond. However, everything else is off limits.

EA anticheat does not gather any information about your browsing history, applications that are not connected to EA games, or anything that is not directly related to anti-cheat protection.
We’ve worked with independent, 3rd party computer security and privacy services firms to ensure EA anticheat operates with data privacy top of mind.

For the information that EA anticheat does collect, we strive to maintain privacy where possible through a cryptographic process called hashing to create unique identifiers and discard the original information.

Overall, EA anticheat’s use of your computer and data collection is consistent with EA’s User Agreement and Privacy and Cookie Policy.

How do I know that EA anticheat is not introducing any security vulnerabilities to my PC?

Our Game Security & Anti-Cheat team is composed of some of the best security engineers in the world, and we are passionate about ensuring that our software does not cause any security vulnerabilities.
Our anti-cheat engineering team performs daily testing and we continuously run security and penetration tests against EA anticheat internally.

But don’t just trust our word on this. We’ve also worked with independent, 3rd party security and privacy assessors to validate EA anticheat does not degrade the security posture of your PC and to ensure strict data privacy boundaries.

Although we’re confident that we’ve taken every possible precaution, we are monitoring and listening to any reports received to make sure that potential issues get addressed as quickly as possible.

I think I found a security vulnerability with EA anticheat, who can I contact?

If you believe you’ve found a vulnerability, please let us know by following our Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure process by emailing secure@ea.com right away.

We take potential security issues seriously, and will work to fix them as quickly as we can.

Where can I get help if I run into issues with EA anticheat?

If you need help to install and troubleshoot EA anticheat on your PC then you can visit our EA Help page.

Darren Buckner

Darren Buckner

Darren became a member of Simrace247 in January 2021 and has been a valuable addition to the platform ever since. He began his journey as an Editor and has progressed to the position of Editor in Chief, owing to his unwavering commitment and hard work. With his profound interest in motorsport and gaming, Darren is passionate about sharing news and exceptional content with like-minded people worldwide.View Author posts

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