Over the last few months, there has been a growing conversation about PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ cheating problem. It is no secret that the hugely popular battle royale game is host to many hackers who use cheats such as auto-aim and wallhacks (which allow them to see people through walls) to get ahead in the game. Cheating is so rampant, in fact, that it is cited as one reason why Fortnite now makes more money than PUBG, with some PUBG players having jumped ship in search of a less cheat-y landscape.
To its credit, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp has been doing its bit to tackle the issue. The developer’s most recent efforts have seen 15 suspects arrested for developing and selling cheat programs for the game, including brokering transactions and hosting cheat marketplaces.
The arrests were made on April 25 after it “was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.” The 15 suspects have been fined approximately $5.1 million, though this figure could potentially increase as other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.
Translated information from local authorities also explains that these hackers used a Chinese backdoor virus to take control of people’s PCs and illegally obtain their data. This isn’t the first time that PUBG hackers have acted with malicious intent, as some ransomware forces people to play PUBG to gain access to their files.
This also isn’t the first time that someone has been arrested in connection to PUBG cheat creations. It was previously announced that Tencent, the Chinese publishing partner for the game, worked with authorities to have 120 people arrested for making cheats for the game.
Announcements like these could continue, as PUBG Corp says that it has “been working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice.” The developer adds that it will “continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs (and their creators) until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment.”
Part of its crackdown on PUBG cheaters includes regular updates to the game and introducing new anti-cheat measures, but it seems that when it needs to, it will work with the long arm of the law to help tackle the problem too. For players frustrated with the game’s cheating issue, who have consistently lost out on chicken dinners because of cheaters, they should be delighted to see the developer take such a strict stance.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on Android, iOS, Windows PC, and Xbox One.