With 15 million copies sold and 2 million concurrent players, it’s hard not to see PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as the hottest video game right now. Big numbers mean bigger problems though, with Bluehole having to deal with plenty of hackers in game. As announced by the company, more than 322.000 accounts have already been banned with 20000 of them in just 24 hours.
Bluehole is pretty considerate about its games stability and apart from regular updates and performance patches, it also implemented an anti-cheat technology called Battleye. As stated in BattlEye’s Twitter account they “are currently banning at a rate of 6K-13K per day, nearly 20K within the last 24 hours alone. The vast majority is from China”. That marks more than 322000 cheaters banned from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds servers until know which is twice as many as the number the company announced a month ago.
We are currently banning at a rate of 6K-13K per day, nearly 20K within the last 24 hours alone. The vast majority is from China.
— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) October 13, 2017
Chinese players complain that the lack of Chinese servers make it necessary for them to cheat since lag makes it difficult for them to play normally. Because of that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was receiving some pretty harsh reviews last month, even though things have been calm for the past weeks. Why would anyone have to play a game with cheats only because the lag is a problem though? In anyone’s mind, if a game is unplayable for you then you better not play it than make it lose its meaning with cheating.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is rapidly increasing its number, with it being the most popular game on Steam right now. Its power is expected to grow even more in the next months since there will be new maps releasing.
Bluehole dealing with the cheaters is a breath of fresh air for all its lovers out there. It seemed natural for titles like Counter-Strike to be cheated since their copies are not that expensive to get if you get banned, but for titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to have such massive cheating accounts, it can only say that this game has become extremely competitive and popular.