You are cruising home, a class act. An honest Joe - you're good and you know it - you deserved to win. Then up starts the chat "I think you are a cheat". "You're a bot". " I'm going to report you". "Why do you always beat me?" " I've looked back you've beaten me fifteen times straight. It stinks". " There's something fishy here".
No one is sure of anyone when playing online money backgammon. No one feels safe. It is so easy to cheat. This leads to false accusations and unsettling thoughts - you are not sure, were you beaten by a really good player or was it a bot? The player wastage rate must be super high for money backgammon. A lot of these players have stopped because they were regularly beaten. Then, whether true or not, some of them convince themselves that they were cheated.
These players no longer feel safe on a site they think is full of cheats. One cheat rapidly becomes a hundred! and they will either play at another site or just stop playing. It is time for online backgammon providers to come up with creative solutions to deal with the robot cheating problem. To make players feel safe and to get those who have dropped out back playing again.
Safe Backgammon can do it. The idea behind safe backgammon is to get both providers and players working together to stop online cheating and to use simple measures to do this. For providers all it involves is joining Safe Backgammon. and agreeing to the following:-
1. To work together with other member sites to make backgammon safe. To share information on player safety technology and working practices.
2. To pass on details of any players you have caught cheating or may catch in the future to Safe Backgammon for distribution to all other member sites.
3. To be prepared to give players who want it a safe player mark. These players in return for the safe player mark will have their play scrutinized on a regular and ongoing basis and will also agree to have a tracking device from the provider on their computer to ensure that they are not running backgammon robot software while playing online.
There we have it cleaning up online backgammon the simple way. Member sites can display the safe backgammon logo on their sites.
For players just imagine what a relief it will be to play against a player with the safe backgammon mark. You know the game will be fair and square and you are not going to be cheated. You may very well choose to play only on safe backgammon sites against players with the safe backgammon mark. Safe Backgammon also gives you the opportunity to declare your honesty. To be an honest Joe click right here or go to feedback.
Players will now have a choice. Backgammon sites that are members of Safe Backgammon will be listed here as will those who refuse or just do not respond. Those of you who seek out risk - why have it safe and easy when it can be hard and dangerous ? - will know where to play.
The response so far has been shall we say muted. "We need more time" "You are making too much of this. Nintey Five per cent of our players play with a huge error rating." "We take pride in making sure our players are safe when playing on our site." and so on. So far safe backgammon may have made providers concentrate more on protecting their players. But we will give them more time. Next update mid August. Go to News