A new report has revealed a surprising truth about the hacking problem in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, as one region is to blame for the vast majority of it.
New data from anti-cheat software BattlEye reveals that 99 percent of accounts banned for cheating are from China, according to YouxiStory.
It’s no secret that PUBG is immensely popular in China, as the region now accounts for 46 percent of its total player base. But the ratio of cheaters and banned accounts to legitimate ones is pretty scary.
What makes matters worse is that the game is not region locked, so the cheaters are free to join up on NA or EU servers via a VPN and wreak havoc across the world. So far, none of the measures taken by PUBG Corp. have truly helped curb the cheating epidemic in the game.
The cheating issue is so bad that it may be starting to take a toll on the game’s daily active players by pushing them away entirely, as the game’s population has been on a steady decline since January in spite of the game reaching 30 million sales.
Meanwhile, two mobile versions of PUBG just recently hit the market in China, and those, too, are smash hits. The two combined for over 75 million pre-orders and immediately shot to the top of the iOS charts on release.
For BattlEye and PUBG Corp., it’s a seemingly neverending battle. In January alone, the anti-cheat software auto-banned over one million accounts. No matter what is done, though, they just keep coming.