Anti-cheat software BattlEye has announced an update on the number of people banned from PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS on their twitter account: 1.5 million and counting. The last announcement from the anti-cheat service had the number pegged at 700,000 in mid-November 2017.
PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS is perhaps the world's most popular last-man-standing shooter on the market today, boasting over 26 million owners on Steam (±151,338) according to Steam Spy. The number of bans so far equates to around 5.7% of the game's total player base on PC. Replies to the announcement of the tweet show video examples of players cheating in the game, insinuating that even the impressive number of bans is only stemming the tide of cheaters in the game:
Cheating is certainly an issue in the game; the inaugural matches of the Legends Arena Pro League had to be replayed a week later after player 1UPesports was alleged to have cheated during the day's games. The league had been content to rely on the game's built-in anti-cheat systems, but it seems that they may have failed for this particular instance. BattlEye relies on banning people in "waves" according to the game's FAQ, a system that the developers believe is the most efficient way of catching the largest number of cheaters.
PUBG recently had its launch on the Xbox One, surpassing over 1 million players in its first 48 hours of sales. The PC version of the game has had its first post-launch patch since exiting Early Access and releasing version 1.0. The game is available for free to new Xbox One X owners until December 31, 2017, at participating retailers, even though it is in the game preview program right now. If you'd like to grab the PC version of the game for yourself you can get it on Steam, though unfortunately there's no discount for the title in the midst of the Steam Winter Sale.
What do you think of the number of players banned by BattlEye in PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS? Do you think the developers are doing a good enough job of combating cheaters in the game today? Let us know in the comments below!