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A new type of auto aim cheat that relies on machine learning to kill opponents of the cheater. This was done using a video stream from the player's monitor, and could thus be used on both console and PC. However, the developer User Vision seems to have made a little too much of a fuss, because their website has now been replaced with a message saying that they are shutting down, while at the same time taking down all the videos that marketed the cheat. In the notice, "User101" states that the person in question will no longer develop or provide access to software used to cheat in Activision's games, following a request from the company. Furthermore, the person points out that the new software with machine learning never had time to be released, but that it was just on its way. In conclusion, User101 says that the technology can have other uses, such as using a webcam to control movements in the game without using arms and legs. However, due to the potential negative uses, User101 will not continue the development. With that said, it's definitely not the last thing we've seen of machine learning and AI when it comes to cheating.
Activision Blizzard's shareholders have agreed to a compensation package for the company's CEO Bobby Kotick. The proposal means that the longtime CEO will receive $155 million, unknown for how long. The company have received harsh criticism from CtW Investment Group, which believes that the remuneration is unreasonably high. But the proposal was voted through by a narrow majority - 54 percent of shareholders said yes. That is less than in last year's vote when 56.8 percent voted yes. But both are exceptionally low figures in this context: for similar companies, an average of 88.6 percent vote yes, says CtW's Michael Varner to Gamesindustry. He adds that Activision Blizzard has been below 70 percent approved for salary proposals six times in the last eight years. "With only 54% of votes cast in favor, the proposal nearly failed to receive majority support - it appears Activision did just enough arm-twisting for the measure to pass. Most importantly, keep in mind that Say on Pay votes in the 50% range are extremely rare: less than 4% of companies in the broader Russell 3000 index receive support that low and the average support for the Say on Pay proposal in the S&P 500 is 88.6%." Also last year, CtW criticized Kotick's compensation proposal. It was then argued that high compensation rhymed badly with the company laying off a large number of employees. Activision Blizzard then replied that under Kotick's 30-year leadership, it had grown a thousand times in size.