Almost all online multiplayer games have people who use unfair means to win. The red-hot PUBG is no different. The developers for the highly popular game have been cracking down on cheaters to ensure a better experience for everyone.
The game’s developers posted on a Steam community page about Blue Zone adjustment and cheating: “We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action.” Players associated with cheating will be immediately handed a permanent ban.
The post went on to say how the company found a new pattern of cheating and then reviewed 10 million accounts to discover the accounts that were cheating. After analyzing a ton of data logs and player statistics, the game developers found over 100,000 accounts that had some form of cheating associated with them.
“We were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of cheat, and now we have confirmed that it was clearly an attempt of compromising our game.”
“Our highest priority has been ensuring a fair and competitive environment by combating cheats and decreasing the amount of their users.”
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Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is one of the most popular games right now available on Xbox One and PC. The game is known for hosting large-scale matches. It’s a “battle royale” type of game where up to 100 players can play at the same time. In the regular game, players start with no weapons during the start of the match.
They roam around the map to look for things such as vehicles, armor, and weapons. However, the players that were caught for cheating had an unfair advantage such as having no recoil on their guns. The company has said that they’re putting in extra measures to ensure a fair playing environment.
Tencent has shared some information regarding the extra measure they’re taking to ensure cheating doesn’t occur again. An algorithm will be implemented to regularly inspect accounts for cheating so that it doesn’t have to be done manually. The algorithm will make regular checks possible as well. The game developers are also working on the Deathcam Report feature. This feature allows players to replay their deaths within the game and report the player that killed them if they feel it was done through cheating.
In late 2017, Tencent also took measures by collaborating with Chinese authorities to arrest over 120 cheat distributors. Cheating is something that’s always been an issue in online competitive gaming alongside ping. It’s every game developer’s headache to weed out and get rid of cheaters. The people at PUBG aren’t taking this lightly and are taking every possible measure to ensure the game remains as fair as possible.
PUBG will soon be coming to mainland China. Therefore, it’s important that Tencent weed out and get rid of any more cheaters before the game’s launch over there. Since it’s an online server based game, anyone from around the world can be matched up with each other. Therefore, in order to maintain a healthy multiplayer environment as well as to save themselves from media criticism, the extra measures taken by Tencent to remove cheaters were much needed.
The game recently came out on Xbox One and Microsoft has its own very strict system in place for cheaters. So, Xbox players don’t need to worry about the cheaters just yet. Majority of the PUBG community plays on PC. The game is doing well on all platforms thus far. Once the developers figure out the optimization issues, the game will likely launch on the Ps4 as well. Therefore, it’s best that cheaters are dealt with as soon as possible.