PUBG Corp has revealed that its recent efforts to curb cheating in PUBG have been successful. Speaking in a Steam Post, the company detailed several arrests which have been made in regards to cheating players (Note that the following has been translated from 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 30mil RNB ($5.1mil USD). Other suspects related to this case are still being investigated.
Some hack programs that are being distributed through the internet includes 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 post continues to highlight the fact that while cheating programs do ruin the experience for its players, they also serve a more malicious purpose to mine personal data:
The longstanding rumor that hacking/cheating programs extract information from users’ PCs has been confirmed to be true. Using illegal programs not only disrupts others, but can end up with you handing over your personal information.
This follows the ongoing controversy surrounding rampant cheating in PUBG. Earlier this year, Tencent worked with China to arrest over 120 hackers, with PUBG Corp steadily increasing anti-cheat measures since. Many have pointed to the rise in cheating as a reason why PUBG‘s player base has slowed.
Regardless, the game continues to boast healthy player numbers, with support and updates coming regularly to the PC, Xbox One and Mobile versions of the game. PUBG’s large desert map Miramar has just landed onto Xbox One test servers, with players able to give it a try before it is released to all servers.
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