“I am grateful that I got a second chance in life.”
We already saw a great example of anti-cheat work this month in the form of fake cheat software for CSGO, but a vigilante seems to have done so well that Riot offered him a job.
Mohamed Al-Sharifi, also known as GamerDoc, is a 24-year-old Iraqi who lives in London and who trapped cheaters in Overwatch and Valorant for two years. As explained in a profile by Vice, Al-Sharifi managed to discover various methods used by scammers in Valorant and the vulnerabilities were fixed after Riot provided the necessary information. He even ran a Discord channel for the Overwatch Police Department, which managed to expose players who were trading for profit in Overwatch. He did all of this despite receiving death threats and receiving absolutely no payment for his work ̵
“Finally I can say that I do [have] I worked closely with Riot until they asked me to join them in the fight against fraudsters, “Al-Sharifi said in a TwitLonger post.” I will be working exclusively for Riot and no longer for any other title – I hope many of you understand why. “
“I am grateful that I got a second chance in life,” said Al-Sharifi, adding that he was almost homeless again four months ago, a point he described as “the darkest era” of his life. “I fled a war country, I came here for security and consolation reasons, I am not well educated [and] I didn’t pass my exams because I was pretty late for school.
“When I look back on all the hardships … all the mistakes I’ve made, it has made me a better and stronger person. There are still some problems I need to fix and even learn about myself, but about it moreover, I am happy with who I am and I hope to keep changing for the better and mastering new challenges and hardships that I face next.
“It’s just my passion, so I couldn’t have asked for a better dream job, it’s everything I’ve ever wanted and I’m so grateful for it.”
Al-Sharifi will be working with the Riot team on the Vanguard software, an anti-cheat system used in Valorant that has been criticized for operating at the kernel level but still has a fair share of hackers. “No game is not hackable. No fraud is undetectable,” Al-Sharifi told Vice. Sounds like he still cut out his work for him.