Bungie is hiring someone to help tackle Destiny 2's cheater problem

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Bungie is looking to hire a Data Scientist to help develop anti-cheat systems for Destiny 2. The job listing was spotted by DestinyNews+ on Twitter (opens in new tab), who shared the link alongside a screenshot of the job description.

"As a Data Engineer (Anti-Cheat) at Bungie, you will design and develop data systems that will help the security team detect and take action against cheaters," the description (opens in new tab) reads. "You will partner with our data and analytics teams to develop pipelines and processes for gathering gameplay and anti-cheat data. 

"You will then develop tools and models to transform that raw data into actionable insights. You will work daily with experts in code security, tools, analysis and services, to make Destiny a more secure place for gamers."

It's all very corporate mumbo-jumbo, but the gist of the job is developing systems to collect data, analysing that data and then developing solutions to any problems diagnosed. It's not the first time in recent memory that Bungie has been looking for a data scientist, and hopefully, a larger team working on anti-cheat solutions will mean better ways of detecting and dealing with any problem players.

Destiny 2 has been dealing with a bit of a cheating problem as of late, made worse when the game jumped from Battle.net to Steam. The first few months of 2020 saw a 50% uptick in cheating incidents (opens in new tab), and the Trials of Osiris PvP mode remains notorious among the community as being a hotbed for cheaters.

Bungie has taken steps to address the problem, both legally (opens in new tab) and behind the scenes. Just this week, the studio hunkered down on its decision to ban a Destiny 2 YouTuber. BakenGangsta protested a little too much about the banhammer, leading to a wonderfully calm clapback (opens in new tab) from the game's community management.

Mollie Taylor
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Mollie's been gaming as early as she could clutch a controller or mouse in her tiny little hands. The main games she remembers playing are Killer Instinct, Toontown and Audition Online, which still perfectly capture her gaming personality two decades later. She joined PC Gamer in 2020, poking around the weird and wonderful corners of the internet for news. She can probably be found AFKing in Limsa Lominsa for hours on end, using that expertise to write neat things about Final Fantasy 14. When she's not staring at her bunny girl, she can be found sweating out rhythm games, fighters or playing through a JRPG for the fifth time.