Apparently banning an absurd amount of players isn’t enough to keep PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds free from cheaters. Now the Chinese police have gotten involved and have already arrested 120 cheat-makers.
This is thanks to Chinese publisher Tencent, who purchased the rights from developer Bluehole back in November when PUBG was facing an outright ban in China, whose residents make up more than half of the game’s total player count. Tencent apparently hired police to investigate 30 cases of cheat-making operations that utilize Tencent’s QQ messaging service to sell cheat software like auto-targeting. These cheat-makers use the top spots on PUBG‘s leaderboards (which they reach by cheating) to advertise their QQ handles, which they use as a private marketplace to sell their cheats.
One of the reasons that cheating is so prominent in PUBG is that the higher placement in a match, the more in-game credits you will earn, which can then be spent on lucrative loot crates. Even though the loot boxes in PUBG only contain cosmetic items (and will stay that way), some of the rarest items will fetch hundreds of dollars on online marketplaces. The more credits you earn, the better chance you have of winning and then selling these lucrative items.
Tencent has big plans for PUBG. In addition to releasing the official Chinese version of the main game, it’s also developing two mobile versions of the game exclusive to China. Cheaters who are ruining the PUBG experience are the last things that Tencent wants to have marring what will potentially become one of its most lucrative properties.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC and Xbox One.