PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a great and fun PC game, that is, until you encounter the cheating issue. PUBG players have complained for a long time about the cheaters, asking for a region restriction, since it seems like Chinese players are the ones doing most of the cheating.
With more than 30 million players, it seems that almost half of them come from China, and, according to PUBG’s new anti-cheat solution called BattlEye, 99% of the banned cheaters are Chinese.
In China, games such as PUBG are a lucrative business, with cheat sellers and cheat programmers attempting to make a buck from the large player base. It really comes as no surprise, since the Chinese gold farmers are renowned in games such as World of Warcraft and City of Heroes, which were extremely populated and therefore great targets for shady profiteers.
Since MMO games are no longer the main gaming attraction, the Chinese have switched their attention to new targets, PUBG being one of their top choices, since it has a very large player count. Hardcore or casual gamers alike, many players are easily attracted by the cheating options on the market, most of them being falsely advertised as untraceable.
The cheat plug-ins are almost entirely created in China and most of their business targets Chinese players, programmers creating said plug-ins, and agents making sales using Chinese specific messaging apps such as Weibo or Tencent’s QQ.
Such cheat plug-ins represent however copyright infringement, and Tencent has started taking measures towards shutting down such services, also involving law agencies in order to punish the culprits.
Once PUBG officially launches in China, there are plans to open Chinese-only servers, in order to reduce the cheating activity on other servers. Since many cheaters are also frequently seen in PUBG Corporation’s Battle Royale survival game, Tencent could begin taking extra measures very soon.