Someone brought to my attention the issue of impossible dump rates by some teams in the GLB. It seems like this is an issue that has been going on for a long time and has resurfaced. Though Playrix may have done a patch at some point to deal with some syncing issues that allowed it - that hasn't fixed the problem.

Here are my thoughts - I would like to open discussion for brainstorming on how this can be dealt with on a more permanent basis.

There is no way teams could have such a low number of dumps without cheating - it seems like a no-brainer to program a check for that. Say the normal number of dumps for a 30 member team with perfect scores is around 1000 (seems about right) then a red flag could go up for any teams with under 800 dumps with that total score. Or they could base it on a certain percent of the score - surely there is already an algorithm that determines how many 100 point, 130 point, 135 point, etc tasks we get each week - so if they can take that info to come up with a mathematical formula of what percent of dumps would be reasonable for a certain score, they can tell pretty easily if something is way out of bounds. Not rocket science.

But.... it doesn't even have to be that complicated.

Say:

R = number of racers on a team

TS = total score

AS = average score per player (TS/R)

TD = total dumps per team

AD = average dumps per player (TD/R)

There should be a fairly consistent range of the ratio of AD/AS across the board. Teams with higher scores will logically always have higher dumps. With 10s of thousands of teams of data to look at (times the number of weeks in the year and a half that we have been doing this!!!) Playrix developers already have more than enough statistics to know what the standard deviation should be - the acceptable range of dump ratio - to know what is outside of that range.

It sounds like before they focused on the syncing issue between devices - and while that seemed to work for a while (maybe), that will always be an issue because of things they can't control. So I believe they need to focus instead on the math.