Tencent Games and PUBG Corp. have been making the public very aware of the anti-cheat measures they're implementing into PUBG Mobile. This week the company shared the next steps they're taking to root out hackers in the game, specifically targeting plug-ins, auto-aim detection, and the egress hack. Here are the finer details they released this week as the plan has now gone into effect with violators being insta-banned for most of the new infractions.
Plug-Ins Z and M
Since earlier in the year, "Plug-In Z" has allowed cheaters to kill other players immediately after parachuting, causing initial gameplay to be severely altered. In early July, the plug-in was successfully countered, and the corresponding accounts have been penalized as well. In the latest version, the counter has also upgraded to strengthen the defense. Similarly, jail-broken Android devices with Plug-In M, which in the past allowed for unfair behaviors such as "Zero Recoil, "Zero Screen Shake", "Auto-Aim", "Vision Expansion", and "Fog Removal", have also been identified. Cheaters caught using these plug-ins have received ten-year bans on their accounts.
PUBG Mobile: Auto-Aim Detection
For fairness in weapon aim, in PUBG Mobile Version 1.0, the anti-cheat team focused on identifying and successfully removing approximately 20 different methods of auto-aim and increased the penalty of auto-aim hack at the same time. Additional methods are continually monitored and addressed through updated detection protocols.
The ongoing "Grass Hack," which provides cheaters with an unfair visual advantage in battles, has also been eliminated. Existing security systems that identify this behavior now include increased security for prevention.
The Version 1.0 security defense tech upgrades also include:
- Optimized Spectating System – The monitoring scope of enemy's position visibility via spectating has been optimized and expanded. Cheaters can no longer manipulate the existing Spectate Mode with multiple accounts to gain an unfair visual advantage.
- Optimized Monitoring Performance – Optimized the impact of security monitoring on performance and reduced the power consumption and lag caused by security monitoring, ensuring a smooth gaming experience while protecting the game's integrity
- Miscellaneous Updates – Several other countermeasures have been implemented, including fixed engine security risks, process and tools of security protocols, increased Livik penalty thresholds, chat channel plug-in promotions and a crackdown on Team Death Match cheaters.