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"Destiny 2." Image: Bungie

“Destiny 2” is the second major game in a week to promise anti-cheat services as an upcoming feature.

Why it matters: Cheating is widespread in many major online games, driving players, including influential streamers, to quit in frustration.

  • No one likes getting shot by a player who is paying for a cheat to effectively snipe without aiming.
  • Anti-cheat software isn’t new. But in the ongoing arms race between cheaters and developers, the implementation of better anti-cheat tech is meant to tell players it's OK to play.

The details: During a Tuesday showcase of upcoming content for “Destiny 2,” a developer said that anti-cheat was ​​“one of the biggest asks from our community” and is being offered in advance of the highly competitive Trials of Osiris mode. (The studio teased the addition last week.)

  • Last week, Activision devoted a portion of its blog post announcing the next paid “Call of Duty” game to note that "Warzone," its very popular — and cheater-infested — free battle royale, would soon get “a new PC anti-cheat system across the entire experience when it launches with the new map.”
  • Activision has banned more than 500,000 “Warzone” accounts for cheating since the game’s 2020 launch, while Bungie has filed new lawsuits against sites that sell cheats.

What they’re saying: "This is not a silver bullet fix that will end all cheating in Destiny forever,” Bungie’s developers noted in a blog post today. “This is another step in our strategy to combat cheats and improve our detection and banning methods.”

  • The studio is also encouraging other developers and publishers to join their lawsuits.

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"Halo Infinite" developers used 1-year delay for polish, not expansion

Screenshot: 343 Industries.

The developers of the much-delayed "Halo Infinite" spent an unexpected extra year polishing their game ahead of its December 2021 launch, but restrained themselves from making massive changes.

Why it matters: In an era of games that are rushed to release, the team for "Halo Infinite" got to explore what happens when the publisher hits the brakes.

COVID created an epic U.S. trade gap

Chart: Axios Visuals. Data: Census Bureau/Bureau of Economic Analysis

The details of the blockbuster fourth quarter GDP report released Thursday morning tell a vivid story of how the underpinnings of the world economy have been reshaped by the pandemic.

One example: In the arithmetic around U.S. economic output, trade acted as a more severe drag last year than it has in a generation.

Updated 56 mins ago - Technology

Pandemic gave cover to online dating scams

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Crooked Casanovas used online dating scams to steal an estimated $500 million from lonely victims last year, according to a new analysis of government fraud data by Atlas VPN, an internet security provider.

Why it matters: The isolation of the lingering pandemic provided cover to fraudulent suitors who had an excuse for not meeting up in person even as they fleeced their would-be lovers out of gift cards, money — even cryptocurrency.