- UK gamers ranked 16th – more likely to cheat than their Aussie counterparts, but less likely to do so than players in the US
- Russia, Italy and Israel are the top three countries that cheat at gaming the most
- The US placed as the 11th worst cheaters, with Texas, California and Nevada residents revealed as the three most likely states to use a cheat code
- Gamers in Iceland are the most likely to cheat at the Assassin’s Creed series, Turkey takes the crown for GTA, while UK gamers are the biggest culprits for Animal Crossing cheats
Many people use video game cheat codes to boost their chances of winning, but which nation is home to the world’s biggest cheaters? Uswitch did the research to find out, and it’s revealed Russia, Italy, Israel, Japan and Sweden are the top five countries where gamers cheat the most.
The World’s Biggest Gaming Cheaters
By analysing Google search volume data, Uswitch calculated how many people were actively seeking ‘cheat codes’, ‘cheats’ and cheat codes for specific games, in every country around the world, along with every state in the US.
The search volumes were then adjusted to account for each country’s population to create an index score, to make sure the data compared like for like. The results expose the top 20 countries most likely to cheat while playing video games.
The top 20 countries that cheat the most at video games (and the cheating index score):
|Position||Country||Index ranking score|
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Half the countries in the top 20 are in Europe – Italy, Sweden, Romania, Portugal and Denmark all make the top 10, and gamers in the United Kingdom ranked as the 16th most notorious cheaters.
The US falls just outside of the top 10, in 11th position. Close behind in 12th is Ireland, Canada comes in in 18th and Bulgaria rounds off the list in 20th position.
From Minecraft to Mario Kart – Which countries cheat the most at different games?
The study also looked into more than 50 of the world’s most popular video games to discover which country cheated the most at each game. Interestingly, Iceland features a massive 18 times – being found to cheat the most for a wide array of games, from the stealthy Assassin’s Creed series to beloved titles like Super Mario.
Malta clocks up eight appearances for games including the classic Resident Evil and Tomb Raider franchises, along with Borderlands and Crash Bandicoot. Turkey, Germany and Ireland all have three mentions and the UK appears twice, coming in as the biggest cheaters at Animal Crossing and LEGO Marvel Superheroes.
The no.1 country that cheats the most at different video games (and their cheating index score):
|Game||Country||Index ranking score|
|Animal Crossing||United Kingdom||0.35|
|Call of Duty||Belize||0.28|
|Ghost of Tsushima||Italy||0.03|
|Grand Theft Auto||Turkey||2.74|
|LEGO Marvel Superheroes||United Kingdom||0.44|
|LEGO Star Wars||Iceland||0.26|
|Little Big Planet||Ireland||0.01|
|Mafia||Czech Republic (Czechia)||0.29|
|Metal Gear Solid||Iceland||0.12|
|Need for Speed||Iceland||0.18|
|No Man’s Sky||Iceland||0.15|
|Red Dead Redemption||Iceland||0.50|
|Skate 3||New Zealand||0.43|
|Sonic The Hedgehog||Ireland||0.03|
|The Last of Us||Iceland||0.18|
|Tony Hawks||New Zealand||0.02|
Which US states cheat the most at video games?
According to the study, gamers in Texas are more likely to cheat than any other US state, and California, Nevada, Georgia and New Mexico make up the rest of the top five.
When looking at the specific index scores of each US state – although none are as high as Russia’s or Italy’s in the worldwide list – Texas’ score of 2.6 is roughly around the same level as Portugal, which made it to 7th place in the global analysis.
The top 10 US states that cheat the most at video games (and the cheating index score):
|Position||US State||Index ranking score|
To see the full research, including the top 50 countries that cheat at video games the most, visit: https://www.uswitch.com/broadband/worlds-biggest-gaming-cheaters/