PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is cracking down on cheaters trying to hack the system by permanently banning them. The multiplayer online battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation last year quickly became one of 2017’s most popular video games appearing on many best video games of the year lists and receiving several nominations for Game of the Year and other awards.
The player verses player (PvP) action game pits up to one-hundred players against each other in a battle royale similar to The Hunger Games where the last man standing wins. Each match starts with the players parachuting from a plane onto a massive map representing an abandoned wasteland filled with decrepit buildings, various weapons ranging from guns, rifles, machetes and frying pans, cars, grenades and other gear used to defend yourself and kill other players. It’s a fairly brutal game with no music, just the sounds of gunshots in the distance, as you fight to survive while the playable area on the map grows smaller and smaller. The start-up game was originally made for the PC but, due to its overwhelming success, it was recently updated and made for the Xbox One selling 3 million copies despite some glaring issues.
A new update on the Steam community page by the The PUBG Development and Community Team reveals a new pattern of cheats in action negatively affecting the game’s desired fair and competitive environment. This past week, the team performed a gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed an analysis of tens of millions of data logs. Their review revealed over 100,000 instances of the new pattern of cheats designed to compromise the game. The team is not taking these results lightly are will be permanently banning the cheaters from the game in a “single wave”. They will also be continually checking the data logs, upping security, are looking into adopting a new solution to detect cheaters, and will even be working with investigative authorities in some countries to take legal actions against developers and distributors of the cheats.
The team also noted that another issue in their deathcam, replay and observing systems. If you watch the replays of other players, you might notice no recoil which is an indication of someone using a cheat. The team is now confirming that this just a bug in the system and they will be fixing it as soon as possible. They also have plans to re-balance the blue zone and enhance the combat experience in a match to make them seems less “chaotic”.
We think its a smart move for PUBG to crack down on cheaters harshly. It’s not fair for players who follow to rules that those who choose to cheat and make the game unfair be allowed to continue playing and messing with the system. Hopefully the team will have less problems in the future as the game continues to develop, but when it comes to online multiplayer games it’s hard to keep cheats at bay with our ever-changing computer technology.
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