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PUBG provide detailed update on how they deal with cheaters

Published: 15/Jul/2019 16:48 Updated: 15/Jul/2019 17:28

by Paul Cot

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Cheating is an issue that has plagued PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds since its release, but the devs have shared detailed anti-cheat measures to finally put a stop to the problem.

With cheating being a reoccurring theme in PUBG, the team behind the scenes have stepped up efforts in an order to eradicate the issue, at least as much as possible. Cheating has even spilled over into the competitive PUBG scene resulting in bans for high profile players.

PUBG developers are continually looking to innovate when it comes to preventing cheating. The “Report” function is a primary and simple way for the team to gain feedback and implement bans on guilty players.

However, there needs to be more stringent systems in place to automatically issue bans. Once a particular cheat is identified, code is developed to prevent the cheat from being used and to identify those using it.

An example of this was the well-known ghost flying cars exploit where, as the name suggests, players would be able to make cars fly across the map which would understandably ruin a lot of games. According to the PUBG devs, this cheat is now non-existent, or much reduced from when it was an issue.

PUBGGraph showing how PUBG deal with a particular cheating exploit…

It isn’t just users of these cheats who are targeted either. PUBG is actively going after those who make and distribute hacking software.

They are even issuing hardware bans on those they deem to be guilty. Usually bans are given on a Steam account but a hardware ban will restrict particular computers from playing the game, irrespective of what account is used. Additionally, PUBG are even getting hackers arrested and fined millions of dollars.

It’s an ongoing battle between hackers and PUBG, with each trying to one up each other. 

“Cheat developers will always evolve their techniques to try and get around ours,” Anti-cheat Engineering Developer Dongwan Kim said.

An example of this is encrypting pointers and memory in PUBG -adding another puzzle for hackers to solve.

For some reason PUBG has been a game where cheating has thrived, at least in the past. The devs are on a mission to “create a fair game environment in line with PUBG’s “values” and are going the extra mile to make that happen.

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Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal

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A known cheater in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds managed to get hit by the banhammer while he was streaming live on Twitch, creating a wave of cheers among community members.

The Twitch account under question goes by the name of ‘vesprine,’ but the player himself is widely known in PUBG lobbies and online communities for perpetually making new accounts just to use cheats.

“He keeps resurfacing. Same guy over and over. He tries to join Plausible and gets insta-banned,” Reddit user ‘The-Basic-Bro’ said. “He needs a hardware ban at this point. He legitimately cheats non-stop… He has joined looking for squad groups on Reddit and the last two times I have called him out and disgraced him and had him banned.”

While some players want to see more stringent action taken against the player, PUBG Community Manager who goes by ‘Hawkinz’ did his part to stymie the cheater’s effect on the game.

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PUBG has come a long way since its launch, but hackers have still been a major problem.

During one of his streams, the player had resurfaced to show off more PUBG gameplay supplemented by the use of in-game hacks.

In the middle of his broadcast, he got a notification in PUBG that read: “Restricted Account – Your session will be terminated due to use of hacks.” Though not much has survived the Twitch account since he was banned, a screengrab by user ‘701dirty’ immortalized Hawkinz’s incredible response as the moment played out.

According to 701Dirty, the ban happened shortly after over a hundred people clipped and reported the streamer while he was playing.

“A few hours later over 100 people clipping and (saying) they got one of his accounts,” 701Dirty wrote. “I saw him have two accounts banned after matches and he tried logging into several already banned accounts… crazy.”

Cheater banned in real time from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Since its launch, PUBG’s servers have been swarming with hackers that have put a damper on the once-dominant battle royale.

The developers have issued multiple ban waves since the game’s launch in 2017, but are still combating the prevalence of cheaters years later.

Unfortunately, unless more meaningful action against PUBG’s hackers is taken, players like vesprine are going to continue to ruin matches, get banned, then reappear under another name.