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Some robots, though, were veritable heroes. They signaled danger and died to save other robots. “Sometimes,” Floreano says, “you see that in nature—an animal that emits a cry when it sees a predator; it gets eaten, and the others get away—but I never expected to see this in robots.”
Presumably if the evolution had been continued with the cheats, they would have developed strains that ignored fellow robots' input - or some kind of hyper-bastard able to double-bluff the competition.