Unfortunately, cheating is an issue that affects all online games. Cheating comes in all forms; it unbalances games and can be game ruining for other players. All developers build systems to detect and combat the problem to varying degrees of success and PUBG Corp. is no different. Ever since the Batte Royale hit launched in Steam Early Access, PUBG has been dealing with problematic cheaters. This year alone they have banned over 100,000 players and systematically rolled out new anti-cheating methods to combat the issue.
PUBG’s newest effort concerns a crackdown on cheaters who are creating programs that help facilitate cheating. PUBG Corp. has issued a statement on Steam concerning their ongoing efforts and recent arrests in China.
We’ve upgraded our security measures, improved our anti-cheat solutions, and recently even added a new anti-cheat solution on top of all that. In the meantime, we’ve also been continuously gathering information on hack developers (and sellers) and have been working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice.
Their efforts are paying off. Last month 15 suspects were arrested in China for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. Authorities also handed out over $5 million in fines to offending parties. According to the official statement, translated by PUBG Corp., other suspects are still under investigation so more charges and fines may be given out.
Some of the programs being sold even contained malicious code that was used to steal user information. While the statement could not confirm if the programs in question were also being distributed in other markets it is not uncommon to find malicious code embedded in this kind of third-party software. Something people considering using programs to cheat should consider before they install such programs. If you are using illegal software to boost your game that chicken dinner may cost you more than you know.