Yes I know budgets are tight at SOE. Yes I know they had a lot of layoffs. Yes, I know there's a culture of denial on this forum and in game that'd be the envy of most city police departments when reporting on their own misbehavior. Thing is: The cheats exist. They are easy to find, easy to locate, and there is no assurance they are not used in signifigant numbers except "they aren't lol" or "mad cuz bad" or even "you can't prove it" with thought-terminating dismissiveness. The GMs did improve the game. They were a welcome sight to honest players. And since anecdotal evidence is all we got for the "cheating doesn't happen" side of opinion, I'll provide my own anecdote: The game would noticably and immediately get less suspect in weird antics and behavior, of "how did that guy headshot my entire squad with that LMG at 100 meters" and "that guy is in the floor again" moments, right after "GM(name) here! Report cheaters to me!" showed up. It was deterrence. To at least some extent, it worked. And simply assuming cheating doesn't happen after they left is simply solipsism at its worst.