We’re all probably aware that any game will be a target for cheaters. And while sometimes it can be an artful discovery of a flaw in the game, quite often it’s just brute force attempts to wreck things. But it’s still amazing to see the scale of the issue for a successful game like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG). It’s been revealed that PUBG is banning thousands of cheaters every day
PUBG has become immensely popular on Early Access Steam release. It’s currently serving more than 2 million concurrent players in any 24 hour period. And has sold more than 15 million Steam copies, with a Christmas 2017 release planned for Xbox One.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds uses an anti-cheat system produced by BattlEye. It’s also used by games like Arma 3, and more. In September, PUBG creative director Brendan Greene said that more than 150,000 players had been banned. Now BattlEye has the revealed that total has more than doubled in a month, with over 322,000 cheaters banned. They’re currently removing between 6,000-13,000 accounts per day, with almost 20,000 gone in just one 24-hour period, and a majority originated in China.
We are currently banning at a rate of 6K-13K per day, nearly 20K within the last 24 hours alone. The vast majority is from China.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) 13 October 2017
PUBG is still in Steam Early access, which means more security systems might be added before a full release (and after), if there are actually some people who haven’t played it yet. But having the Steam record for highest number of concurrent players, it’s going to stay an attaractive target.
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds has been developed by Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene for PUBG Corp, a subsidiary of Korean publisher Bluehole. Up to 100 players parachute onto an island either alone or in teams of up to 4 people to fight until they’re the only survivors. You take no weapons or euipment onto the 8km by 8km island, meaning you have to scavange for everything. And every few minutes, the play area will shirnk, forcing everyone towards a random location.
Since launch, the game has mainly focused on 3rd person perspective, but you’ve always been able to switch to first-person if you prefer. In August 2017, the first person person mode was expanded to be a specific game mode, as well as improvements including a field-of-vision slider to see more of your surroundings, and other camera tweaks.