This little suggestion can also tie in with my recent suggestion of implementation of hardware banning (for extreme repeat offenders).
With the implementation of logging device hardware IDs, they could also be a way to track down the movements of known cheaters or cheating alliances!
Now we have seen cases where entire alliances have been banned for cheating, only to invalidate all that banning by coming back under different names or accounts, but no less back to cheating, well wouldnt it be nice if the devs could actively pursue such players…
Lets say as an example you have an alliance that has been banned for cheating, in this example we will just call it “JimBobs Elite”.
“JimBobs Elite” goes and gets themselves banned after being caught cheating, but then they create new accounts and reform as “JaneDoe’s Dino Hunters”, but then get right back to cheating again, well if for example a cheater had their device hardware IDs logged, it would then be able to actively follow any JWA actively coming from that device, no matter what they changed their IP or new account name or alliance name too!
Without hardware tracking - (again these are all made up names, so dont flag me for naming and shaming lol)
JimBob > Banned for cheating
Puppet101 > Banned fore cheating
RaptorHunter1337 > Banned for cheating
Now lets say they all create new accounts and begin cheating again but only 1 is actually caught, the others would continue cheating until caught, BUT lets say Ludia had a hardware ID checker in place.
With Hardware Tracking -
JimBob (ID 1001) > Gets banned for cheating
Puppet101 (ID 2004) > Gets banned for cheating
RaptorHunter1337 (ID 1001) > Gets banned for cheating
Now lets get another list of accounts -
BobbyAwesome (ID 1001)
StiffMeister (ID 1337)
PhoenixProAs (ID 2847)
Now with that added hardware ID info from their device, you can clearly see that the “BobbyAwesome” account is actually the same device that the “JimBob” account was banned on! There you go! You just hardware identifed the cheaters new account, and ANY account they make on that device!
You can then take this info and apply it to entire alliances to track which cheaters are using what new accounts, and if future accounts are flagged, yet you know that for instance 3 previous accounts matching the same hardware IDs was used, its a safe bet that its the same cheater, and you can go ahead and hardware ban the device, forcing them to give up or find some other means of cheating on top of needing to spoof hardware info, if even possible!
Anyway just some food for thought for the @Ludia_Developers, i mean for all i know they may already do this, but in the case they dont, it could be a means to ridding the game of repeat offenders.