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Sony's Trophy Auction Being Ruined By Cheaters

CFW For Greatness.

Sony’s rather cool online auction, where you bid on PlayStation goodies with your Gold trophies, is being ruined by cheaters using custom firmware, according to online reports.

The system, dubbed Bid for Greatness, challenges core gamers to bid for real-life items using Gold PSN trophies, and although you get to keep your virtual silverware the idea of tactical bidding across all the items was quite enticing.

Sadly, it sounds like some users, apparently running unofficial, custom firmware and/or using a series of exploits and hacks, are able to somehow dupe their trophies and increase their Gold trophy count, making winning against others in the auctions all too trivial.

The reports include one rather damning one on the official PlayStation forums, where someone was out-bid by a reported cheater, apparently discovered by the timestamps on that user’s trophies, freely available on a few different websites online.

One user in particular seemed to ‘Platinum’ – get the Platinum trophy which involves getting all other trophies – five games in a single minute; fifty games in seven days.

Thankfully, this seems to be gathering momentum now.

If anyone reading this at Sony needs more information, let us know.

  1. Jim Hargreaves
    Since: Nov 2009

    A shame but inevitable really.

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 11:27.
    • Youles
      Since: Feb 2011

      Indeed – and there will be accounts that are shared by a group or a couple of people too. And what about individuals who have hacked one game….it’s gonna be pretty hard to police. Hopefully it’ll be easy enough for Sony to establish which accounts are legit.

      Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 11:31.
  2. freezebug2
    Since: Dec 2008

    Oh dear, it’s all becoming a bit like a ‘Cash for Gold’ farce.
    Shouldn’t be a problem to root out false trophy claimants during the bidding process and ban them automatically ?

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 11:31.
    • KeRaSh
      Since: Nov 2009

      Maybe that was their intention all along! :P

      Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 12:53.
      • Proxzyn
        Since: Nov 2011

        That would be freakin genius! :D

        Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 19:25.
  3. mrfodder
    Since: Nov 2009

    Here comes the ban hammer!

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 11:35.
  4. blarty
    Since: Apr 2011
    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 11:41.
  5. Bilbo_bobbins
    Since: Jun 2009

    As usual, the dickheads and cheaters of this world ruin the good things people like to enjoy.

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 11:53.
    • cam the man
      Since: May 2009

      Yep, they certainly do.

      Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 12:03.
  6. JR.
    Since: Apr 2013

    Ban them. Dirty cheats.

    Why would anyone even go to such lengths for this? It’s not like they’re giving away free Vita’s or PS4’s. Seems like a lot of effort for what you’re actually bidding on. Idiots.

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 12:16.
  7. Bambo_19
    Since: Dec 2011

    Ah this is sad. The person who won the first costume, won it at 1050 gold trophies, and the clicker costume is currently at 700ish. If those are legit then I guess when it comes to Europe we will have no chance! (except Del). I thought i was doing alright with my 3300 trophies but i only have 250 gold! Damn!

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 12:22.
    • Bilbo_bobbins
      Since: Jun 2009

      I’m not one to really care about trophies, so I think I have hardly any at all, probably about 20, ha ha.

      Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 12:25.
    • Crazy_Del
      Since: Jul 2009

      I wouldn’t bid on all as it is unfair to others, but I would bid something I really like (Looking at Killzone)

      Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 13:20.
  8. Forrest_01
    Since: Jun 2009

    I have 321 gold trophies at the moment & i am trying not to get any more, as i like the reference to dusty bin.

    Comment posted on 18/07/2013 at 18:11.