PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Anti-cheating Efforts Lead to Arrests

Five million dollars in fines

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Anti-cheating Efforts Lead to Arrests

Bluehole, the developer behind the hit battle royale game Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, has posted a community update on the game’s Steam page giving an update on their attempts to root out hackers and cheaters. This statement announced, among other things, that fifteen arrests have been made with the help of local (Chinese) authorities.

Because of its status as a major online game, PUBG has to deal with an underground market of hackers and their customers. In a competitive game like PUBG, cheaters and hackers make the game less fun for those who want to play fairly because of unfair advantages. Some of the more common hacks include exploits like shooting through impregnable walls, infinite health, and infinite ammunition. Hacking software can also come loaded with Trojans and other unsavory viruses, making the customer a victim as well.

Bluehole, however, has made progress in protecting their game from hackers. They reported on the increased anti-hacking security in their game. Another important detail was their big breakthrough in their work with judicial authorities. A translated excerpt from the local authorities Bluehole worked with reads:

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.

$340,000 for each person is a hefty price to pay in order to win a game. Hopefully the efforts of Bluehole and Microsoft can help every player experience PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds on an even playing level.

Minor Correction

The translated excerpt listed China’s currency as RNB. RMB is the actual abbreviation for the Renmenbi, China’s official currency.

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