Hackers are PUBG’s #1 Problem
Ask gamers who have played, or still playing, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Odds are, they will tell you about a time they encountered a cheater. Many online games will have the occasional cheater from time to time. However, PUBG’s cheating problem went way out of control. It didn’t help that at least one insider reportedly accepted bribes from hackers in return for copies of the game’s patch data. This allowed hackers to patch their hacking program(s) in as short as a few hours after the game updated. Tencent, the distributor for PUBG in China, has been working alongside Chinese Police to fight back. Well, it would seem it’s having an effect.
141 Arrests made so far in 2018
Police have been working hard to track down the developers and distributors of hacking programs used by PUBG cheaters. 141 arrests have been made so far with over 200 pieces of hardware being confiscated as evidence. Computer, Laptops, and Cellphones have been taken as evidence in their investigation to prove who is guilty and track down others associated with the hackers and their program(s). Many of the programs used for cheating had malicious code packaged with it. Trojan viruses that would allow the creator of the hacking program access to personal computers so they could steal personal information (Like banking information). So the arrests are not strictly about stopping cheaters. It’s also about stopping people from stealing user information and even hacking their bank accounts. It is hoped that news of the arrests will deter others from cheating when they next join a PUBG Lobby.
This is Only the Beginning
Tencent has already stated that they plan to continue working with local law enforcement to reduce the cheating problem on PUBG. In a Bloomberg article, Allen Zheng (Zhang Xiaolong in China) (Senior Executive Vice President and President of Weixin Group at Tencent Holdings Limited.) commented
“It’s a never-ending battle. You come up with something effective today, but encounter something completely different the next day.”