The problem with cheaters in PUBG is apparently growing by the day. According to the game’s anti-cheat technology provider BattleEye, the number has increased to 1,044,000 “in January alone.” Judging by the steady increase since BattlEye started working with PUBG, the provider adds that the situation will only “continue to escalate.”
That said, it has recently come to light that 99% of these cheaters are from China. The admittance was recorded on BattlEye’s official Twitter and later discussed by Youxi Story. The latter points out that the situation is further complicated by the fact that 46% of PUBG’s player base is in China.
As such, region-locking China is a matter of tossing the majority of their players to the wolves because of few bad apples. Well, one million bad apples, but with the last active player count being at a little over 2.5 million, it is a difficult decision to cut that many out with a region lock.
What complicates this situation, even more, is that Tencent currently owns the rights to PUBG and they are a very strong company in China. Not unlike Capcom in the United States. In fact, it might be interesting to note that Tencent owns Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite. Needless to say, Tencent has its fingers in many entertainment and technology pies and they are hardly going to consider region-locking their own country because of the prolific cheating industry there.
As such, the solution to PUBG’s cheaters is hardly simple. Not every PUBG player in China is a cheater, nor do they take any more kindly to cheaters just because most happen to be from China. Unfortunately, PUBG is going to have to keep chugging along with providers like BattlEye and their own anti-cheat measures in future updates.
Hopefully, it will work out, but as we all know, cheaters have a way of getting through no matter how narrow the crack. Do you think PUBG should region-lock China anyway? Is it worth the cost of their players and reputation in China? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.