PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has over 15 million players around the world. While that means good things for players looking to find games, it also means that some players feel the need to use cheats in order to gain an advantage over the rest.
Thankfully though, developer Bluehole seems to be the case, as the company uses the BattlEye anti-cheat technology to stamp out cheaters from its game. Today, the BattlEye Twitter account confirmed that its technology has helped to ban over 322,000 cheaters from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and this figure continues to grow on a daily basis. Bans are currently being handed out to players on a rate of 6,000 to 13,000 a day and that 20,000 bans have been handed out in the past 24 hours alone.
BattlEye also confirmed that the “vast majority” of these bans have been for Chinese players. The game has a huge playerbase in China and according to Steam Spy, Battlegrounds is actually China’s most popular game on Steam, eclipsing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2 and Grand Theft Auto 5.
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
Some Chinese players may argue that they have to cheat because lag and a lack of local servers make it difficult to play the game otherwise. This lack of Chinese servers was the reason that Battlegrounds was review-bombed last month but it’s still unclear if Bluehole has any plans to change that in response to the backlash and the cheating.
BattlEye’s tweets also note that the number of people who have been banned has doubled since Bluehole last revealed numbers a month ago. In September, Bluehole stated that 150,000 PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players have been banned for cheating since the game launched in March. This figure has increased thanks to BattlEye’s ongoing efforts and perhaps because there is a higher number of players getting involved in cheating.
The game’s popularity is set to increase in the coming weeks and months as a brand new map is set to be introduced. News of the game’s Xbox One release could also see more PC players get involved in the game too. And so it’s important for Bluehole (and BattlEye) to combat cheaters now.
But arguably there’s still much more that needs to be done. For example, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds still has a stream sniping problem. Although stream sniping bans have been handed out after affected players sent proof of the incident to Bluehole, it shows just one way that players can misuse the game and get around something like BattlEye’s detection.