It was harder before because the cheaters at least sort of pretended to get legit times (and the requirement to run around the level shooting meant it always took some amount of time), but at this point it should be blatantly obvious when people are posting times that are impossible. One of the featureds right now has SPRUT at 14s for a contract that you can barely reach the first target on within 14s, let alone start the map, kill five targets undetected, and leave. While speedrunners have times that make you go “Whoa, is that possible?” these new times are blatantly unattainable in a way that is obvious to even novices. I’ve been in streams, people can tell.
Surely some amount of leaderboard comparison can be done for suspect PC times that are way out of line with the top times on consoles. If nothing else this comparison can be run for Featured Contracts, which IOI has data for across all platforms, and Featureds are the most prominent leaderboards and the ones that should be subject to the most scrutiny. The contract I mentioned has legit record times around 40-45s across at least two platforms that I know of, so it should be obvious that PC players like fkgfw who are in that range are within the legit attainable times for the contract while people like KiNiU cannot possibly be.
Granted, I understand it’s difficult to be sure of some of these things because new routes are discovered all the time, but <20 seconds for a contract that isn’t deliberately structured to be possible that fast is obviously aided by cheats. Plus, like, the speedrunning community in this game is pretty tight. Could just ask us if anybody suspect seems legit, or if we’ve ever seen the person’s videos or heard of them before. If somebody is posting >30s improvements over people like mendie and Forthe and so forth on a consistent basis, you’d think those guys would be interested in finding out how. And they have figured out how, obviously; CJ knows exactly how these times are attained and has proved it repeatedly.