PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to Ban 100,000 Players for Cheating

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is working hard to stamp out cheating in the game, with a huge hammer coming down on 100,000 players in one go soon.


It's no secret that PUBG has a cheating problem. The game, inevitably being as popular as it is, has attracted a ton of players who are looking to more than bend the rules, allowing them to use aimbots as well as see players through surfaces, even shoot them through it. It's certainly not an 'every game' problem, but if you play a bunch, you are bound to run into some every once in a while (or two in a row if you are unlucky like me this weekend).

PUBG Corp. knows this, too, and it's working to get those players out. This has been an ongoing problem for the game, but a big wave of new bans is coming. In a Steam post, the developer announced that in one go it will be banning over 100,000 users. It said:

We recently discovered a new pattern of cheats in action. This week, we performed a thorough gameplay data review of 10 million players and completed analysis of tens of millions of data logs. Through this exercise, we were able to identify over 100,000 instances of the new pattern related to use of cheat and now we have confirmed that it was clearly an attempt of compromising our game. These players will be permanently banned in a single wave.

The developer also said that it is only ramping up these efforts to ban more players.

In addition, we are looking into adopting a new solution to detect and ban more cheaters and we have been continuously strengthening our security systems. We have also liaised with investigative authorities in some countries to take legal actions against developers and distributors of cheats. We are determined to take strong measures against them going forward.

This is great to hear. While it doesn't destroy PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it is certainly a mark against it. Hopefully, the game will get to a point where it doesn't affect anyone going forward. That would be ideal.