iRacing’s partnership with SRO and the Blancpain Endurance Series has resulted in a sanctioned online racing league with a prize purse of $13,000, but less than a week into the first of twelve qualifying rounds – an entire season to determine who’s eligible to compete in this mammoth championship – already the competition has been ruined by exploits due to issues in the iRacing software itself.
Earlier this year, we here at PRC.net reported on an issue regarding each driver in an iRacing session receiving totally different weather conditions, obviously skewing the playing field and giving some drivers an extremely unfair advantage. After this bug was fixed, another issue popped up, where each driver in a session would receive a different skybox, and details soon emerged on how to exploit this bug to your advantage once a backmarker won a Peak Anti-Freeze Series race out of nowhere.
In short, despite iRacing recently adding anti-cheat software, instances of cheating and exploits have exponentially increased, as updates to the game’s weather and surface model aren’t working as they should. As the bug still hasn’t been fixed by iRacing and using the exploit is as simple as joining the room with less than two minutes left in the practice session, ultimately this has lead to virtually everybody cheating.
And people are pissed.
iRacing World Championship driver Jake Stergios, someone who has been on iRacing for five years and competed at the highest level of road racing for several consecutive seasons, has revealed that the game is indeed broken, and he is “not at liberty to say much more.” As we’ve discussed previously, that’s because iRacing would ban him for speaking out due to a section of the game’s Terms of Service that prohibit people to say negative things about iRacing in public.
David Grunill, a longtime iRacing Skip Barber driver, said that several members had found this issue two weeks ago, but iRacing ignored them, and he accurately predicted how out of control it would get.
Road Warrior and Oval Ace Josh Chin replies that there are rules being inserted into the two primary iRacing championships to prohibit exploiting the skybox glitch, and Markus Lendermann steps in to confirm that’s indeed what’s happening.
- Nobody will be allowed to join practice after 19:50 GMT
- Five minutes before the end of Free Practice, everyone should park their car on the front straight and remain in the car.
- Anyone who is not on track at that time should get in their car, do one lap and park on the front straight and stay in their car
- Anyone who is not parked on the front straight 3 minutes before the end of practice will be removed from the server.
- Everyone should remain in the car until time runs out for practice
- It is not allowed to disconnect and reconnect between the end of free practice and the start of the race.
- Anyone who disconnects will receive a black flag and will have to come in for a stop and go.
Of course, these rules are only for private leagues, and the two main World Championship Series organized by iRacing. As for the public sessions used to qualify for the $13,000 championship? It’s a shitshow, and some users are actively trying to downplay it, to the dismay of other users:
This is extremely embarrassing for iRacing. After all this effort to implement new weather and surface conditions to push the sim into the next generation of driving games, none of their new features work properly and have introduced exploits that are extremely simple to use, and the brand new Anti-Cheat System they’ve recently introduced can’t do a damn thing to stop it.
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