iPad Air Game Center

Great news gamers! Apple has finally given developers the ability to manage their Game Center leaderboard listings for their games. The company posted the announcement yesterday afternoon on its developer portal.

Of course, the big deal here is that game-makers can now delete all of those ridiculous fake scores you see sitting at the top of various leaderboards, but the change will also allow them to block players who post them…

Here’s the announcement, first spotted by TouchArcade:

“You can now view and manage the top 100 scores and usernames for all of your Game Center leaderboards. Protect your legitimate players by signing in to iTunes Connect to delete fake scores or block players that post fake scores. You can also restore scores and players within the same time period. To learn more, read the Managing Game Center Leaderboard Activity section in the iTunes Connect Developer Guide.”

Since Game Center’s inception, a number of top leaderboards have been plagued by fake, impossible-to-reach scores. And for those games that display a limited number of high scores, the leaderboards have been virtually useless.

came center Leaderboard

While we don’t expect this to put an end to hacked top scores, we hope it will help substantially curb the practice. The only problem is that reading in the developer guide, it looks like scores are only editable for the first 30 days.

That means all of the current fake top scores will likely remain, unless Apple decides at some point to let developers reset them. Bummer.

  • LH2613

    I realised leaderboards for the matching game dots is a lie.

    • Just like the tour de farce, a sorry tour de france.

      • LH2613

        ????

      • Faking scores is just like doping in sports…

      • appleyay

        and using crack in real life

  • Huntz

    How does one fake scores in apps anyway?

    • d3si 5abi

      i rmrb there was an app called hackcenter in cydia

    • EpicFacepalm

      Most of the time using just Flex or Cycript works.

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    damn it!! no wonder why they remove my score from subway surfers…as the highest scorer in the world

    • EpicFacepalm

      99999999999999999?

      • Ishaan Malhotra

        Maybe more, was using game killer on android. Facebook synced the score to my iphones subway surfer, which uploaded the score to game center. So if i want my score can be 9223,372,036,854,775,808 in no time

  • XboxPS

    That’s great.One dude faked his time in Sonic 1-Green Hill Zone.He “got” 00.00.01=Impossible

    • appleyay

      damn thats fast

      • XboxPS

        That one faker….Got the first place…..

      • @XboxPS

        By the way, I have a “Disqus” “discussion board”. Could you visit it and post a comment?

      • XboxPS

        OK!

    • Jo

      maybe he’s really, really, really, really good.

      • XboxPS

        Yeah….NO

  • Chuck Finley

    “A number of leaderboards”?

    Try literally ALL of them.

  • appleyay

    how are they 100% sure a score is fake.?? what a mess

  • madmaxmedia

    Game Center pretty much sucks because of the fake scores. I don’t play games enough to rank highly in any probably, but occasionally I check Gamecenter to see how I compare, and the scores are always fake.

  • Ted Forbes

    Finally! Those fakes are ridiculous, I mean really ridiculous.

  • LoL

  • Jackalope57

    This is BS. The developers like Backflip Studios don’t won’t waste their time deleting fake scores. Also, the cheaters now are putting up fake scores just a few points above the actual leaders so they appear real. I doubt there are any game leader boards with people in first place who actually earned it.