‘PUBG’ news: 99% of cheats come from China

"PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds" promotional photo. (Facebook/ playbattlegrounds)
“PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” promotional photo. (Facebook/ playbattlegrounds)

Over the several months that the first person shooter video game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)” was in early access, it amassed an incredibly large player base, becoming one of the fastest growing titles of the year. Unfortunately, the massive popularity of the game also attracts a huge number of cheaters, and 99 percent of the cheats in the game are coming from China, according to the game’s anti-cheat provider.

Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene himself, the video game designer behind “PUBG,” has announced that a vast majority of the cheats currently plaguing the game come from China. The figure comes from the game’s anti-cheat system, BattleEye.

“Around 99 percent of cheats in the game right now are coming out of China,” Greene said. “There’s a massive cheat market not just in China, but around the world. But it’s seen as kind of a little bit more acceptable to cheat in games in China. Also geographically, they just have a lot more people than anywhere else in the world.”

Because of the rampant spread of cheating in “PUBG,” many are calling for the developer to issue a ban on players in China. However, Greene vehemently opposes the suggestion, saying he doesn’t think that is a good idea at all.

“Yes, the majority of cheats come out of China, but that doesn’t mean all Chinese players are cheaters,” said the game designer. “This idea that just because you’ve got a few bad eggs, you’ve gotta ban a whole country is a bit reactive.”

After months in the early access phase for its PC version, “PUBG” has only recently officially launched its version 1.0. The official release introduces a number of new features, including new movement mechanics like vaulting and climbing, and a “killcam” that gives users a playback of what happened seconds before they are killed.

“PUBG” has also released its Xbox One version earlier this month, further expanding the hit game’s already massive player base.