Where are we dropping today? Well, apparently in China.
Tencent has partnered with Chinese authorities and arrested 120 suspects for developing and selling cheats for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as promised. Although Tencent tried to purchase the developer behind the viral juggernaut of a game, Bluehole did acquire the rights to distribute PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China.
This hasn’t fully thwarted the ongoing battle against cheat makers, though. Apparently, they’ve even evolved to include revives and instant heals. Now, even though PUBG Corp. (Or BattleEye, the service they use to detect cheaters) rang in the new year by banning 1.5 million cheater accounts, PUBG Corp. banned 100,000 in a single wave.
It’s frustrating enough to have no region locking, but cheaters are a different story. I can watch the death cam and see a difference in ping being the reason why a kill is confirmed, but the worst is seeing auto-targeting. If I ever saw an instant revive and heal after I already confirmed a kill? Yikes, just rage. This is just something PUBG Corp. and Bluehole have to curb immediately if they want player retention. Once a game has the viral growth that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has had, it’s quite easy to just watch it blossom and become a giant. Problem is, the bigger they are, the more issues and cheaters will try to kill your sustainability.
I’m really excited to see where PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds goes, although its casual approach to a pseudo-realistic battle royale game has a bit of a letdown for its simplicity. Sure, there are attachments but why no C4? No traps for extra tactical planning? At the end of the day, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still in its infancy, and these cheat-makers aren’t going anywhere despite Bluehole and PUBG Corp’s progress with bans and Tencent’s arrests in China. PUBG is too just too big at the moment.
Eventually, they won’t need to put more funding towards cheat detectors and can release a third map finally. Hopefully.
How many times have you seen an ‘aimbot’ in the death cam? Let us know in the comments!