Confession of a PES Lag Cheater

Anyone who has played PES online will have come across a lag cheater at some point. We ask ourselves why do they feel the need to do it.

Many consider it to be the most annoying part of Pro Evolution Soccer, and justifiably so. Usually they lurk in the shadows, not to be heard from. There’s always an exception, though.

One self-admitted PES lag cheater decided to come clean. We’ve all come across them but this player has opened up as to why they chose to be one.

PES Lag Cheaters Shares Story

This story was shared on a PES forum from user animalitalians.

Forgive me father for I have sinned.

Yes I realise I am opening myself up to a (deserved) barrage of insults but I wanted to come clean.

Over the last 2 days I have lag cheated. Around 5-6 times. Why have I done this? OUT OF SHEER FRUSTRATION.

Some background: I had NO IDEA what lag cheating was before this week. If I have ever been winning and suddenly:

‘This match has been abandoned as the connection significantly worsened.’

I honestly assumed that I had just got really unlucky and Konami had screwed me, not the other person. I didn’t realise that players could actually force this action. Then it started to get more frequent. And only when I was winning. So I looked into it here, and yes I see that ‘Lag Cheating’ is a common [expletive]!

Now before I knew any of this, I loved Master League Online. I have worked my way up to a rating of around 680 and my team is worth over $300m – so pretty decent I think.

Now that I am aware of Lag Cheating, my game is totally ruined. I seriously fear going 2-0 up in a game because I think, I’m going to get cheated – and yes very often I am. What a joke.

So how do I react? [Expletive] it, I will do the same. If I don’t get the cash and rating increase for what would have been a win, why should I only take losses?

Yes I realise I am adding to the problem, and innocent people are getting cheated, but how else do I combat it? It’s [expletive] and the only one to blame is Konami for allowing this disgusting loophole on the game.

It should be that anyone who instigates this takes the loss. There should be a panel to decide at all times. Or even a simple bit of coding that says after 70 minutes, if this happens, the winner is declared based on the current score.


They went on to say that they gained zero satisfaction from it.

Report Cheaters

We understand this players’ frustration but don’t take the same action he did, it will only worsen the problem.

Fix the problem by sharing the username of the player with Konami. We don’t know how they manage such reports but it certainly can’t do any harm.

Online cheaters have plagued the PES series for years now. Hopefully, Konami are taking the requires steps to stop it being part of eFootball 2022.

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