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EA announces their own kernel anti-cheat

Published: 12:24, 15 September 2022
Updated: 13:27, 15 September 2022
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EA Games are getting in on the whole kernel-level anti-cheat gig and the fans are starting to worry.

Kernel-level anti-cheat solutions are not very popular with gamers due to the potential security breaches they could bring on.

Playing a game with an anti-cheat that has such a level of access is basically letting the companies install rootkits on your PC and trusting them to not abuse it or mess up with their own security, which would in turn let someone else abuse it.

Valorant has gone through a decent share of controversy thanks to Vanguard anti-cheat, which has proven itself over time so when  EA announced their own plans to do something along these lines, not everyone was thrilled either.

EA's security has been breached numerous times over the years, with Origin users suffering from such blunders almost regularly. It's primarily for this reason that gamers are not quick to trust EA with it.

On the other hand, EA Anti-Cheat (EAAC) will not work exactly the same as Vanguard. It will not launch at the same time the PC boots up. Instead, EAAC will start only when you launch an EA game that is protected by it.

Similarly, if all such games are uninstalled, EAAC will remove itself from the PC instead of requiring a manual deletion.

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It appears that EA is pushing for this anti-cheat due to crossplay in FIFA series, or EA FC, which will be the future name due to expiration of the FIFA license.

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