There are many banes to any competitive game’s longevity, but none are more annoying than cheaters. In a game where skill and ability should determine outcomes, the presence of aimbots or other cheating devices can seriously ruin the reputation and player base of a multiplayer game. Developers of PUBG are recognizing that fact and have recently released an update to their Steam page regarding their anti-cheating measures, which you can read in full here.
The post describes how the developers have been taking serious efforts to ensure that cheating and hacking are rooted out from the game and divulge that they have added new anti-cheat solutions to the game itself.
In addition, the post goes on to cite the recent arrest of fifteen suspects in connection to developing and selling cheating programs that affect PUBG. These cheating programs also contained within them a Trojan Horse software, which essentially piggybacks its way into your computer on another, legitimate program and then begins to collect information on you from behind the scenes.
The post offered this quote from local authorities after the arrest:
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.
Developers rightfully urged players not to seek out cheating programs from dubious sources, as they could contain harmful software like this and compromise not only the game’s integrity and security but that of the user’s computer, compromising personal information like credit card numbers, banking information, passwords and emails. It’s really not a hard thing to do, so readers, please always be wary of the things you download…and also don’t cheat. That’s bad.
Either way, it’s good to see updates regarding anti-cheating measures and justice in the form of a $5.1 million fine. PUBG continues to expand with an AMC Walking Dead partnership, a new map, a new mode and a variety of other updates as it continues to dominate the gaming scene alongside competitor Fortnite.
PUBG was released on December 20, 2017 for PC and Xbox One, and then released on mobile earlier this year. You can check out our review of the game here or grab the battle royale game on PC or Xbox One via Amazon.
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