A rumor post surfaced on Player Unknowns Battlegrounds Subreddit. The post claims an employee on the China-side of PUBG was collaborating with a Chinese Hacker, feeding them information to aid in developing cheat tools. Accused of accepting bribes and giving them confidential information. Perhaps this is why BattlEye shows that 99% of cheaters caught on PUBG are from China. Link to the deleted post
The Original post was deleted by moderators as there was no evidence provided to backup the claim. The Original post was:
(I know my post will be removed soon so I won’t write a whole long page.)
PUBG’s Chinese region Principal 金秀焕 (Suhwan Kim)’s Chinese ex-girlfriend SiSi Ning said in her weibo post, saying that Kim was punished by Blueball for collaborating with hacker streamer in China, bribery and selling classified information to hack developer.
Now I know how the fuck hack come out so soon and quick.
Many assumed this deleted post wouldn’t cause too much noise. However, Blueball commented to dispel rumors:
First of all, we regret the confusion and frustration caused by rumors about our employee colluding with external parties selling illegal programs.
PUBG Corp takes a firm stand on illegal programs and improper behavior of internal employees.
The employee in question is in charge of China-related tasks, but contrary to what was rumored, he is not the head of the China region and is not in charge of illegal programs or anti-cheat related tasks. Therefore, this employee does not have access to game information such as the game’s source code. It is also not true that this employee has already been fired.
However, as mentioned above, PUBG recognizes the seriousness of the current situation, and will investigate the matter. We will take the appropriate action(s) if any of these rumors are found to be true.
We will continue our missions to provide the best Battle Royale gaming experience and service to players around the world, and we thank you for making us part of your world.
The amount of cheating has been a problem for PUBG for some time. BattlEye released a tweet in February, announcing the number of bans issued to cheaters on PUBG:
We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone, unfortunately things continue to escalate.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) February 4, 2018
Update on the number of PUBG bans: 1,500,000.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) December 28, 2017
Hard road ahead for anti-cheat fixes
By December 2017, around 1.5 million players where banned. Then, another 1.044 million banned in January alone. So, add those two together and you get a big problem. Tencent, who now has acquired rights to PUBG in China, has announced they will have local servers in China. They also said they will ban cheaters using plug-ins if the problem is a serious one. The playerbase on PC is already taking a fall over their Cheating Problem and Fortnite being an alternative for angry gamers. Hopefully this breach of security is fixed and cheating in PUBG declines.