Like with most successful multiplayer games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has hit the point in popularity where people begin cheating to win. It is no surprise that out of the 3 million players on Xbox One alone, a portion of the whole are going to resort to cheating their way to a chicken dinner win. However, in a game where every action and decision matters, they matter significantly less when hackers are able to manipulate the game and come out on top.
Cheating has been an issue in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds since wall-hacking, speed boosting, and aim-bots hit the game a couple months ago. It is hard enough to beat someone who can aim through walls, but now, even if a player manages to kill a cheater, there is no guarantee that they will stay down. The newest cheats being used in the game allow players to instantly heal themselves when wounded, and instantly revive their teammates who have been downed. This changes the way the game is played, as players now have to second guess whether their encounters in the game will play by the rules, or involve cheating.
Unsurprisingly, players are upset. In response to all of the heated feedback, PUBG Corp has taken up a strong anti-cheating policy, seeking to ban as many hackers as they can. As of a few days ago, PUBG Corp has stated that it will ban over 100,000 cheaters on the PC version of the game. While this is a good start, 100,000 is a relatively small number overall, and begs the question of whether this will fix much of the problem.
The good news from all of this is that PUBG Corp seems to be dedicated to making the game a fair and fun experience for all of its players. Last week, Tencent – the company responsible for PUBG‘s localization and mobile port in China – helped the police arrest 120 cheat-makers. Again, the numbers are small, and may not have an immediate effect on the fairness of the game, but they give hope that this cheating epidemic will be dealt with in the long-run.
While cheaters seem to be getting more confident and obvious as time goes on, so does PUBG Corp about banning them. Players may have to deal with frustrating cheaters in their attempts to be the last man standing, but what used to be a dumpster fire of a problem is now just a small flame that will hopefully be stomped out soon.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now for PC, and can be played on Xbox One through the Xbox Game Preview program.