Playing Dirty: Research Reveals The Nationalities That Cheat The Most At Video Games

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  • 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
1 Russia 18.40
2 Italy 16.58
3 Israel 4.87
4 Japan 4.48
5 Sweden 4.03
6 Romania 3.13
7 Portugal 2.36
8 Turkey 2.34
9 Brazil 2.32
10 Denmark 2.28
11 United States 2.10
12 Ireland 2.00
13 Argentina 1.92
14 Poland 1.77
15 Croatia 1.52
16 United Kingdom 1.43
17 New Zealand 1.41
18 Canada 1.35
19 Australia 1.28
20 Bulgaria 1.13

 

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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
Ark Turkey 0.37
Assassin’s Creed Iceland 0.15
Battlefield Iceland 0.09
Bioshock Iceland 0.15
Borderlands Malta 0.05
Call of Duty Belize 0.28
Crash Bandicoot Malta 0.27
Crysis Iceland 0.21
Death Stranding Slovenia 0.03
Doom Iceland 0.50
Fable New Zealand 0.04
Fallout 4 Germany 0.66
Far Cry Malta 0.18
Final Fantasy Indonesia 0.31
Fortnite Germany 0.46
Forza New Zealand 0.03
Ghost of Tsushima Italy 0.03
Gran Turismo Indonesia 4.77
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
Mario Kart Barbados 0.10
Metal Gear Solid Iceland 0.12
Minecraft Turkey 5.40
Mortal Kombat Indonesia 0.28
NBA 2K Iceland 0.29
Need for Speed Iceland 0.18
No Man’s Sky Iceland 0.15
Pokémon Barbados 0.70
RDR2 Ireland 1.19
Red Dead Redemption Iceland 0.50
Resident Evil Malta 0.07
Rocket League Iceland 0.29
The Sims Netherlands 2.12
Skate 3 New Zealand 0.43
Skyrim Germany 1.15
Sonic The Hedgehog Ireland 0.03
Spider-Man Iceland 0.12
Spyro Malta 0.29
Starcraft Iceland 0.44
Super Mario Iceland 0.26
Tekken Malta 0.04
The Last of Us Iceland 0.18
The Witcher Malta 0.07
Tomb Raider Malta 0.09
Tony Hawks New Zealand 0.02
Uncharted Iceland 0.12
Warcraft Iceland 0.26

 

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
1 Texas 2.60
2 California 2.25
3 Nevada 2.19
4 Georgia 2.12
5 New Mexico 2.06
6 Hawaii 2.03
7 North Carolina 2.02
8 New York 1.90
9 Maryland 1.88
10 Tennessee 1.81

 

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/

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