EA will debut new anti-cheat tech with ‘FIFA 23’ on PC

is determined to keep scammers at bay. The company has developed a kernel-level anti-cheat system for PCs, which it will deploy in parallel FIFA 23 . According to the publisher, the move was necessary to “ensure fair play” by targeting PC cheat developers, who are increasingly creating kernel-level exploits that OS-level anti-cheat tools cannot detect.

Elise Murphy, senior director of game security and anti-cheat at EA, wrote that the company created EA AntiCheat (EAAC) because “third-party anti-cheat solutions are often opaque to our teams and prevent us from implementing additional privacy controls or implement customizations that provide greater accuracy and granularity for EA-specific game modes.” It should also be able to address security issues head-on.

EAAC isn’t used in all EA games, although the publisher says it’s necessary for competitive online-focused titles such as FIFA 23. This year’s edition includes cross-play support and in theory EAAC should prevent console players from having to deal with PC cheaters. The company may take different anti-cheat approaches in games without leaderboards or a competitive system. Therefore, it would not be a surprise if EA added EAAC to similar ones but it seems unlikely that it will be patched into the 2021 game of the year () .

The tool is only active when a game with EAAC is running on your PC. It will be uninstalled if you remove all EA games that require it (you can uninstall EAAC manually, but similar things like e.g FIFA 23 not playable). Murphy wrote that “EAAC will have a negligible impact on your gameplay,” so it shouldn’t impact performance.

Regarding the privacy and security of the system, Murphy says EAAC will only scan the files it needs for anti-cheat reasons. The EAAC hashes the information it collects and discards the original data. According to the blog post, the tool doesn’t collect data from your browsing history, apps that don’t interact with EA games, or anything else irrelevant to its purposes.

EA isn’t the first publisher to take a kernel-level anti-cheat approach. Riot and Activision use similar tools in , .

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