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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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The SEC investigates Activision Blizzard, Bobby Kotick

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The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Activision Blizzard in regards to the company's recent scandal over sexual misconduct and discrimination at the company, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The investigation is the latest in a series of high-profile escalations against Activision Blizzard.

At least 3 dead after Amtrak train derails in Montana

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An Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, resulting in at least three deaths and multiple injuries to passengers and crew on Saturday, per authorities and a company statement.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were estimated to be on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m., Amtrak said early Sunday.

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Federal judge blocks vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

Students are dismissed from the first day of school at PS 133 in Brooklyn on Sept. 13. Photo: Michael Nagle/Xinhua via Getty Images

A federal appeals court is set to hear a challenge Wednesday to a vaccine mandate planned for New York City school employees.

Why it matters The vaccine mandate was set to begin on Monday, prompting concerns over staffing shortages in schools across the nation's largest school system. But a judge on Friday temporarily blocked the measure, per AP.