The video games with the most cheaters, according to a new study

A new study has revealed the video games with the most cheaters, with Minecraft topping the list.    Minecraft has been named as the video game with the highest...
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A new study has revealed the video games with the most cheaters, with Minecraft topping the list. 

 

  • Minecraft has been named as the video game with the highest number of cheaters  
  • Sims 4 is second on the list, and GTA 5 is in third place 
  • The study analyzed the search volume of a variety of terms connected to video game cheats across the US  

The game guide publisher, Guide Strats, analyzed the search volume of a range of key terms connected to various popular video games; terms included phrases such as ‘cheat codes’, cheats PS4’, and ‘cheats Xbox One. The ranking was then determined by the video games that received the highest average monthly search volumes across the US.  

The study reveals that Minecraft has the highest number of cheaters. The iconic game, released back in 2011, has an average search volume of 237,193 across the US. The research found that Minecraft is the most common game to cheat on in 48 states. 

In second place is Sims 4, with an average monthly search volume of 149,118. The study found that Mississippi cheats the most on Sims 4 than any other game, with residents searching for cheats an average of 1,425 times every month 

GTA 5 is in third place, with an average monthly search volume of 120,592. The research reveals that Oregon cheats the most on GTA 5 than any other game, with residents searching for cheat terms an average of 5,413 times every month 

Baldur’s Gate 3 takes the fourth spot on the list, with an average monthly search volume of 82,160. The role-playing game is one of Washington’s top games to cheat on, with residents searching for Baldur’s Gate 3-related cheats 4,006 times every month on average. 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is fifth on the list, with an average monthly search volume of 82,160. The study found that Elder Scrolls V is one of California’s favorite games to cheat on, with residents searching for cheats 8,700 times every month on average. 

Fortnite is in sixth place, with an average monthly search volume of 62,833. The study reveals that Fortnite is one of New York’s favorite games to cheat on, with residents searching for cheat terms an average of 15,471 times a month.  

Stardew Valley takes the seventh spot, with an average monthly search volume of 56,733. The farm life simulation game is one of Utah’s top games to cheat on, with residents searching for cheats an average of 865 times a month. 

Final Fantasy XIV is next on the list, with an average monthly search volume of 55,843. The online role-playing game is one of New Mexico’s favorite games to cheat on, with residents searching for Final Fantasy XIV-related cheats on average 454 times a month.  

Ninth place goes to Fallout: New Vegas. The study reveals that the 2010 action role-playing game has an average monthly search volume of 42,129 across the US.

Lastly, Cyberpunk 2077 is in tenth place. The research found that the 2020 action game has an average monthly search volume of 36,252 across the US.  

Interestingly, the study reveals that Oregon has the highest number of cheaters overall, with 720 average monthly searches per 100,000 people. New York has the second-highest number of cheaters, with 698 searches on average a month per 100,000 residents. 

 

Rank 

Game 

Average Monthly Search Volume 

1 

Minecraft 

237,193 

2 

Sims 4 

149,118 

3 

GTA 5 

120,592 

4 

Baldur’s Gate 3 

96,184 

5 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 

82,160 

6 

Fortnite 

62,833 

7 

Stardew Valley 

56,733 

8 

Final Fantasy XIV 

55,843 

9 

Fallout: New Vegas 

42,129 

10 

Cyberpunk 2077 

36,252 

 

Candace Healy, the head of branding at Guide Strats, has commented on the findings of the study: “Over the years, cheating has become a normalized part of gaming, yet it remains a divisive topic. While some see no harm in looking up the odd cheat code, others believe that it ruins the experience of the game. 

“It must be said, though, that cheating can often take away the fun of online games, such as downloading an ‘aimbot’ on Fortnite for a higher team score. As this study proves, there is a growing epidemic of cheaters in the gaming community.” 

This information was provided by the game guide publisher Guidestrats.com 

 

Methodology 

Firstly, a list of 120 popular video games was created.

Then, a list of key terms connected to video game cheating was created and applied to each video game. 

Data on the search volume of each term was gathered from Google Keyword Planner, which provides monthly and annual Google search volume data for key phrases and terms across the US and each state.  

Once this data was obtained, the total number of monthly average searches in each state was compared against its population. This established the monthly average searches per 100,000 people, allowing for an accurate comparison of the search rate across locations of differing sizes. 

This information was then used to sort the locations and games into their final ranking based on the highest average monthly search volumes.  15 key terms were used to source data: 

 

  • Game (e.g., Minecraft) + Cheat  

  • Game + Cheats ps4  

  • Game + Cheats xbox one  

  • Game + Cheat codes   

  • Game + Hack   

  • Game + Aimbot   

  • Game + Aimbot download   

  • Game + Mod   

  • Game + Console commands  

  • Game + Cheat engine   

  • Game + Download cheat engine   

  • Game + Code   

  • Game + Ring cheat engine   

  • Game + Ring mods 

  • Game + Ring cheats  

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