In a report from Bloomberg, Tecent, the publisher of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in China, is putting in extra effort to crack down on hackers in the region.
Tencent has begun to enlist Chinese law enforcement to “root out the underground rings that make and sell cheat software,” according to the report. These efforts have already led to at least 30 cases and 120 arrests.
The arrested parties are suspected of designing multiple kinds of cheat software, everything from aimbots to wallhacks.
Just a few weeks ago, BattlEye reported over 1.5 million bans for hacks in PUBG, but the level of hackers being experienced in the game has remained consistant.
This comes hot on the heals of the outcry from players in the NA and OC region calling for a China “region lock”. To which Brendan Greene aka PlayerUnknown, responded with:
““Yes, the majority of cheats come out of China, but that doesn’t mean all Chinese players are cheaters. This idea that just because you’ve got a few bad eggs, you’ve gotta ban a whole country is a bit reactive.”
He went on to suggest that this was Xenophobic, and racist.
Players bit back on Reddit and PUBG Forums to explain that it has nothing to do with racism. They went on to explain that this recommendation is due to:
- The hacking issue in which a Chinese hacker is present in approximately 50% of games and;
- The language barrier with many Chinese joining other regions, and not being able to communicate actions with their team mates.
While PUBG Corporation won’t facilitate region locking China, they are looking into ping limits to prevent cross-region match making.