PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is no stranger to massive ban waves that rout large numbers of cheaters in a single go, as its anti-cheat program BattlEye has banned millions of players, but its most recent ban wave is more notable for who the game banned, not necessarily how many. And no, it wasn’t Shroud again.
PUBG banned over 30,000 players in December 2018 for using a “radar” cheat that used the game’s server-side data packets to show them where other players were located. This particular cheat was hard to detect because it didn’t technically hack the game files themselves.
Of the 30,000 players banned in December, four of those players were pros, resulting in bans against them and their respective teams. Not only were these players using the radar cheat in public matches, but they were also discovered to be using them in National PUBG League online qualifiers.
The bans didn’t end there, though. More recently, on January 7th, PUBG Esports posted the results of further investigations, which found that 10 more pro players were either cheating or knowledgeable of their teammates cheating. Six of those players were suspended from the game for three years for cheating in online qualifiers, while the other four were suspended for two years for cheating in public matches.
European team Sans Domicile Fixe lost its Contenders League spot in the PUBG Europe League entirely but is still able to compete in the future with an entirely new roster. Teams like the Red Diamonds and the Pittsburgh Knights will be allowed to retain their spots in the PEL if they replace their players who were caught using the radar cheat.
This news comes just a couple of months after developer PUBG Corps. wrapped up its “Fix PUBG” campaign, which focused on improving servers and cutting down even more on cheating. Unfortunately, it looks like the game still has work to do when it comes to detecting server manipulations.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.