PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Deploying New Anti-Cheat Measures, Disables Account Sharing
As with pretty much all popular online PC games, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is locked in a constant struggle for survival with cheaters. The makers of PUBG have banned over 1.5 million players and recently wiped out over 100,000 cheaters in a single wave, and now they’re vowing to crack down even harder. To that end, PUBG Corp will soon be launching a new anti-cheat solution:
“We sympathize with the inconvenience that our players are experiencing due to cheat programs and we are doing our best to fight those who create, distribute and use cheats. We have established a dedicated team to focus on combating cheat programs and have developed a new anti-cheat solution internally.
We will be introducing an early version of the solution on our live servers next week. Its main focus for now is blocking unauthorized programs but it will be further developed to broaden the scope of its abilities. This feature will also block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way. Some programs that do not affect gameplay may be blocked temporarily as we hone the new anti-cheat features. We are checking the programs that are being blocked on the test servers and will allow the use of harmless programs as quickly as possible.”
In addition to the new anti-cheat measures, PUBG Corp will be upgrading their in-game reporting tools, and, more controversially, shutting down some features that aren’t necessarily directly tied to cheating. Going forward, anybody that modifies their PUBG files for any reason could be banned, and Steam family account sharing has been turned off, as it exposed various “vulnerabilities” in the game. It’s a shame the makers of PUBG have to go this far, but give cheaters an inch and they’ll take a mile.
According to PUBG Corp, their in-house anti-cheat solution will be upgraded “steadily” once it’s added to the game, so expect the ban numbers to keep growing. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available on PC and in early access form on Xbox One.