The popular battle royale game, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, has been plagued with cheaters throughout its life. The developers, PUBG Corp., have invested a lot of time and resources into designing an efficient anti-cheat for the game. On April 25th, fifteen people were arrested on suspicion of creating cheating programs. They were also issued a hefty fine as punishment for the crime.
A statement posted on the PUBG steam community page highlights the severity of the issue.
“Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.”
PUBG Corp. has been been working alongside Chinese authorities to resolve the issue. A translated statement by the local authorities,
“15 major suspects including ‘OMG’, ‘FL’, ‘火狐’, ‘须弥’ and ‘炎黄’ were arrested for developing hack programs, hosting marketplaces for hack programs, and brokering transactions. Currently the suspects have been fined approximately 30m RMB ($5.1m USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.
Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet include a Huigezi Trojan horse (Chinese backdoor) virus. It was proven that hack developers used this virus to control users’ PC, scan their data, and extract information illegally.”
The programs were created with the intent of stealing user data, as well as granting unfair advantages in the game. The violators have now been arrested by Chinese authorities have been issued a fine of 30 million RMB (around $4.7 million USD).
Players who despise cheaters should be thrilled to see the developers cracking down on them. Bluehole adds, “We’ll continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs, until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment”.