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Tuesday, August 6, 2002
PunkBuster to Add Support for SOFII, Q3A
6:00 AM | Galen Wiley | Comment on this story

PunkBuster, the popular anti-cheating system used for online gaming, will soon be implemented into two new games, Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix and Quake III: Arena.

Activision, publisher of Soldier of Fortune II made an official announcement today regarding the future changes:

We are pleased to announce that Even Balance, Inc. is working on integrating PunkBuster into Soldier of Fortune® II: Double Helix © by Activision and Raven Software. We will release more details here as they become available. Any PB supporters who have specific knowledge of where to download hacks and cheats for multiplayer SOF2 should send information to
In other news, the popular first-person shooter, Quake III: Arena, will also be recieving PunkBuster support. In an exclusive interview, sat down with Tony Ray of Even Balance, the company responsible for PunkBuster, and talked a little bit about how PB will change the way gamers play Q3:
PlanetQuake3: Since the Punkbuster software is able to be turned on and off, it only works if the server admin enables it. What percent of RTCW servers usually do keep the software turned on?
Tony: Since day one, PunkBuster has been optional on a server by server and league by league basis. As far as we are concerned, it always will be - PunkBuster has always been about giving choices and power to honest players and admins. PunkBuster is not spyware nor is it any kind of trojan because what it does and how it works has been sufficiently documented to allow people to decide for themselves if they wish to subscribe to our methods. Players who, for any reason, do not want to install and/or enable PunkBuster don't have to - it's their choice. By the same token, Admins/Leagues also have the ability to decide about requiring PunkBuster for gameplay on their servers.

Right now, over 75% of decently populated (10+ players) RtCW Servers have PB enabled. As far as I know, all serious RtCW clan matches all over the world are played with PunkBuster enabled. I'm not aware of any RtCW league that currently allows play with PB disabled. PunkBuster was originally designed for league play and we have worked hard to keep good relationships in the organized clan-based communities.

As always, take a look at the full interview for further details.

Tony Ray (PunkBuster) Interview
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