Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a popular online game on the market today. Almost everyone’s heard of it, for one reason or another, it is one of the pioneers of the battle royale genre, and some would argue one of the best on the market even today. Recently there’s been an influx of complaints in the PUBG community, over the lack of support, bug fixes etc. but most importantly, cheating.
Cheaters are the bane of every online game, which goes doubly so for competitive online games. Where due to the competitive nature of the game, someone using a cheat directly impacts all other players in the game(in PUBG’s case, literally 100 people). However, the fight against cheaters isn’t an easy one, as cheating software evolves along with the software that goes against it. Despite this, it is quite a rare case for video-game cheaters to be arrested.
Hackers have been arrested in the country of China for creating PUBG cheating software which contained a trojan type virus within. Exp.gg has reported that the total number of hackers has reached a whopping 141. The first in January this year, according to BLoomberg, and another 15 in April. These arrests are the result of cooperation between the local police force and Tencent, the Chinese publisher of the game.
This is a rather rare thing to happen, and some people think this might be a sign of Tencent turning a new leaf when it comes to its customer-oriented goals. Showing a reasonable degree of a desire to change their so far uncooperative approach with their playerbase. Others however, believe this is simply a way for Tencent to rake in more money, as cheaters take away from their earnings.
The arrests had over 200 pieces of hardware seized within it, it included PCs, USB drives and mobile phones. The main reason the police force mostly having been present because the cheat software was found to contain a trojan virus that steals the player’s private data.
Back in april, PUBG developer Bluehole said it had been “continuously gathering information on hack developers (and sellers)” and “working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice.”
The developer has had problems with cheaters for months, releasing various kinds of anti-cheat software, all of which was intended to combat the rampart issue of cheaters in PUBG. However it was to no avail, as the cheaters were simply too good.
Earlier this year it was reported that 99% of the accounts Tencent had banned over cheating were based in China. PUBG’s active playerbase has been steadily decreasing ever since, despite the game hitting 30 million copies sold back in February upon its initial release.
Tencent’s Allen Zheng has said that staving off cheaters from the game is a “never-ending battle,” adding, “You come up with something effective today, but encounter something completely different the next day.”
As much as this may be a temporary band-aid fix, it is still a step in the right direction to combat those that use unethical means to obtain people’s data.
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