Game platforms and the evolution of cheating practices: An exploratory study | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 7, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1757-191X
  • E-ISSN: 1757-1928



This article explores how Facebook as a game platform influences players’ gameplay, arguing that platforms shape play as well as cheating behaviours. Based on a player survey and follow-up qualitative interviews, it asks how players theorize cheating in such games relative to their existing social networks, Facebook’s Terms of Service, and the specific types of games prevalent on Facebook. It explores how these features shape players’ understandings of what constitutes cheating. It finds that platforms do influence how players define or imagine cheating in several ways, including the normalization of new payment models and gameplay mechanics, differences in how cheating is conceptualized by strangers versus friends and family, and how different terms of service can frame what counts as cheating.


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  • Article Type: Article
Keyword(s): cheating; Facebook; platforms; players; social network games; Terms of Service
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