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There are cheaters everywhere in PUBG and it's out of control

Cheating in video games isn't anything new. People have been using codes and other developer provided tools for decades, but in online games, those who wish to have an unethical edge above other players have turned to unofficial tools and cheats that alter the game code to provide various advantages. In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, even though PUBG Corp. continues to ban thousands of accounts, there's still a rampant cheating issue.

PUBG Corp. partnered with BattleEye for enhanced protection for players and both parties are doing something at least, but the task at hand is monstrous — I'm talking about one of the most popular PC games worldwide. Even Tencent, the Chinese publisher for PUBG in the region managed to aid local authorities in arresting 120 people involved in making cheats for games.

There's also the incentive to continue purchasing copies, driving up the sales further. There are now tradable items in PUBG that can be sold, which invites those who see the profit of selling stuff earned through cheating, outpacing the cost of picking up more copies of PUBG. You can see evidence of this with many of the usernames you come across, built from a random generation of letters. And don't get me started on the "bots" that plague some sessions, simply farming BP to buy more crates.

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These are terrifying numbers for legitimate PUBG players and shows just how big of an uphill struggle BattleEye has to keep servers free of cheating. The team at BattleEye are clever souls and remain determined to stay on top of cheating methods, but the sheer number of accounts connected to PUBG make it an unfair battleground for players.

From my own personal experience, it does appear to be largely the Asian player base who cheats most — that's not going by geographic data mind you, but off usernames. Too many times myself and a group of teammates have come across an individual (as it appears to not be an entire squad usually) with some form of Chinese reference who proceeds to cheat. This could well be someone attempting to cause further divisions within the community amidst calls for region lock, but I doubt that.

Not only is it difficult to deal with the connection with those who aren't from your region, which can cause issues with landing shots or being taken down when you're well behind cover — the servers are attempting to try and bridge the gap — there's also the problem with them seemingly being able to see through walls, land every shot and instantly revive their teammates.

We've had numerous encounters where our entire squad was downed in seconds, each of us located in different positions, buildings and covering various angles. Only to see in the spectator mode afterward that a select few have god mode enabled and land shots through walls. As reported by PCPowerPlay, hardware vendors — Dell in this case — know that cheating is rife in the Chinese market and cater to these individuals through marketing. Allegedly, the company was boasting about how many plug-ins (cheats) can be run on the new PCs.

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Dell showcasing what appears to be some interesting videos of PUBG in China for the Intel 8th Gen CPU launch. Source.

Dell Australia did respond by condoning cheating in any form but it's still an interesting insight into how cheating in video games is seen over in Asia.

There is light at the end of the tunnel as region locks are on the cards for PUBG and should hopefully make some sort of tangible difference. But we need this fix now. PUBG is a tough game, but it's designed to be so. You won't have a 100 percent win rate, ever. It's designed to make you want to win, to become the best and score as many chicken dinners as possible, as are all battle royale titles. Cheating only makes the frustration that much harder to bear.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

19 Comments
  • I play this game and enjoy it (most of the time) I haven't seen too many cheaters when I've been playing so it's mostly been a pleasant experience.
    crazy to see those numbers on bans and arrests and such, didn't really know they could send people out to arrest the makers of these cheats, kinda cool and sad at the same time.
    2nd to last paragraph i'm sure dell Australia did NOT condone cheating :-).
    good article/read.
  • I was going to point out the incorrect use of "condone" as well.
  • No doubt just a typo.
  • How does cheating bring any reward to the person? Is it the thrill of trolling other people? I really don't understand.
  • Happiness come from other's frustration? Maybe this is why they cheat. Find it fun to piss people off.
    Oh well...
  • They get points faster and eventually can sell the profile to others for real $$
  • Is cheaters also on mobile version ?
  • Although I'm a first-person gaming only person, PUBG has never appealed to me because it's essentially a deathmatch style game, which is just pointless to me. I loved Quake, but hated Quake Arena. And towards the end of Titan Fall, just about the only game styles that were still used were the last-man-standing types. But regarding PUBG, the pluses of being what looks to be a well-done FPS are far outweighed for me by the deathmatch style and the rampant cheating. Day of Defeat had gotten really bad for a while with the cheating, but thankfully server admins (I miss the days of individually-operated servers that you could select) got really good at banning and setting automatic processes to kick bad actors.
  • I bought it because my friends asked me to. Honestly, I find it a tad boring. Matches take forever, with little action, and the first 20 minutes are nothing but random loot gathering. I'd rather play Halo 5.
  • I'm more gobsmacked by dell show casing cheats in PUBG.... there are plenty of amazing games out there that have a vibrant modding community. They could have picked any of those... But I doubt there will be much headway unless there is a code injection prevention layer and UWP is the perfect container for that. As no one on this planet wants to run a application that scans every single thing that access RAM, it's too intrusive and not to mention resource intensive plus it's a flawed approach as that can be circumvented to wreak havoc on users. Thus only legitimate players get penalised. The UWP code injection prevention, is a simple framework that only runs when online battle royal/multiplayer modes are launched within the container, so the moment it detects a injected code the game just shuts down, the ip is logged and then automatically banned. It has to be automatic as it would be far too resource intensive to monitor it. It has to run only when online multiplayer is launched otherwise it will chew up resources unnecessarily and will render games unplayable. The benefit of this is that it will make people who want to play online buy better components however that can be disadvantage if you don't have the budget. But that's where consoles come into play, it's either this or compete against cheaters and bots.
  • PC gaming will always be a wasteland of cheating. Players who want a fair playing field should play on console where everybody is equalized. I sincerely hope they dont region lock the game, because I play from China with my friends in North America and I shouldn’t be blocked from that for some half hearted attempt at stopping cheating.
  • Stopped playing the game because of the cheating and people screaming at me in Chinese.
  • Cheater, cheater
    Chicken fajita
  • China, China, cheater, cheater, China, China, chicken cheater.
  • Lock the regions already.
  • Xbox
  • Console is the way to go. To all of the Xbox One haters out there, with crypto currencies making video cards and components crazy pricey, why would you want to PC for PUBG and other games where cheating is rampant. Why deal with this? It's highly frustrating and demoralizing and I don't have the spare time to deal with it. The X is a great deal today all things considered.
  • The Xbox ONE X version is still quite buggy and unoptimized when compared to the PC version. Cheaters are also there too.
  • No need for region lock; use skill based matching so the people on your server are around the same skill level. This way all the bots and hacks will get grouped together and can fight each other.