Mitsubishi Suspend ASX Competition Due to “Foul Play”

Posted on: June 15th, 2010 by Jason 5 Comments

We received an error notification today from ceedsie saying that the Mitsubishi competition to win a Mitsubishi ASX car has been suspended, despite the fact that the closing date isn’t due until 30th June 2010. On looking at the website there’s an official notice explaining why the competition has been stopped and sadly it’s because they suspect “foul play”.

Mitsubishi ASX Competition

The notice explains that they “have become aware of the ‘unusual’ increase in scores achieved by certain individuals playing the ASX Challenge Game recently” and in order to be fair to those people who have been playing fairly they’ve taken the step to suspend the game. In a warning to anyone who has cheated Mitsubishi have explained that “anyone who has gained points by unfair methods will be identified and permanently eliminated and blocked from all future game play”.

On one hand this is a sad situation. It clearly demonstrates that people are willing to try and cheat in order to win prizes. Even if regular compers are not involved it gives people interested in competitions a bad name and makes promoter’s think twice about running giveaways and prize draws.

However, issues involving online games and cheating is not new and our Webmaster’s Guide to Competitions shows an example from way back! Our guide also includes some hints and tips for watching out for people trying to bend the rules and play unfairly.

The good news is that Mitsubishi did take action and for that they should be applauded. We often hear from compers who have contacted promoters about issues and nothing is done (see Are Voting, Facebook and Twitter Competitions Out of Control? for example).

Once Mitsubishi have sorted out the cheating issue then the game will return and then hopefully someone will win themselves an ASX in the knowledge that it’s been a fair competition!

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  • Trooty

    I was playing this and was in 26th place, then the following day I had slipped down to 51st with all these new names from nowhere appearing. I just gave up on this as there was obviously cheaters at play.
    Glad to see that they will be dealt with as they deserve all they get.

  • Ennill1

    This sort of competition as well as ‘vote for’ competitions are open to abuse, the sooner sponsors realise that, the better – if skill is involved, let’s make it something similar to a tie-breaker or something that uses a person’s imagination

  • lillyinthesun

    A massive well done Mitsubishi for taking action against the cheats.
    I don’t personally play game comps… A) because I’m rubbish at them and B) because I’ve seen them won by cheats far too many times. I agree with ennill1. Not only are good old fashioned tiebreaker competitions much fairer and less open to abuse, but they make make people actually stop and think about the product.

  • chickybeak

    if the prize was offered as a “lucky dip” prize draw from all entrants it would be fairer but making prizes dependant on acheiving the highest score will lead to cheating by some people. I quite enjoy the odd game on a comp but like lilyinthesun, I will never reach the high scores. I do think its great Mitsibushi taking the action to stop cheating , even if it means the comps suspended.

  • ecclescake

    I’m not awesome at games like this one, but generally do ok with the scores – then find several people have got 3 or 4 times my score and it does sometimes seem like they’ve cheated… so hope this one gets sorted. If the comp runners want folk to play the games, maybe one way, is to put everyone who gets over a certain (acheivable yet challanging) score into the draw for a prize. That way we all stand a chance!

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