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A million PUBG players were banned in January

PUBG plays host to some cheaters, and to combat the tide of hacks and tricks, anti-cheating measures have banned over a million players in January.

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PUBG plays host to some cheaters, and to combat the tide of hacks and tricks, anti-cheating measures have banned over a million players in January.

The stat comes by way of the BattlEye Twitter account, which stated that 1,044,000 people were banned from the game.

The problem is on-going, with 100,000 banned over the course of one weekend back in November, and another 100,000 in January.

BattlEye tweeted out their mission statement at the end last year, saying, “Fighting cheaters will always remain WIP and never be solved completely, especially in the most popular Battle Royale game.”

Simply banning players is obviously the fastest response to this sort of behaviour, but PUBG Corp. is also working on other preventative methods.

In a post on the PUBG forum, the community manager stated:

“The new anti-cheat feature will block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way. What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files. Programs that are not used to gain an unfair advantage can also be blocked if they behave like cheats.” 

In other PUBG news: the recent patch added more anti-cheat measures, on top of a whole raft of other changes; Vehicle damage was recently greatly increased for the Xbox One version; and PUBG Corp. has pledged to donate $2 million to various charitable causes in 2018.


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