In games like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, cheating can be a pretty serious business. "How serious?" you may ask. Well, apparently it was serious enough to land more than a dozen individuals behind bars.
Over on the PUBG Steam board, the team has updated the community concerning anti-cheating measures within the game. We'll get to a bit of the background and recently implemented precautions in a moment but, for now, what really caught our attention is that 15 people were apparently arrested in connection to cheating within the game.
That might sound a bit farfetched, but it turns out that cheating in these online games can actually have legal ramifications depending on where you live, especially if the hack you're peddling contains additional malicious software.
According to the report, not only was the PUBG team able to work with various authorities to actually track down hackers and cheaters, but they were also able to prove that the software these folks are selling contains Trojan horse software that's stealing player information. That seems like a pretty big, obvious statement in this day and age, but still, people were picking up these hacks on blind faith that the person providing it wasn't, you know, a criminal with more devious ambitions.
The report goes on to explain that "15 major suspects" were arrested for developing these hack programs used in PUBG, as well as hosting marketplaces for hack programs or setting up transactions of the programs elsewhere. Apparently, they've been collectively fined upwards of $5 million in relation to these charges while other suspects are still being investigated.
Some members of the community are literally calling for "pics or it didn't happen" in the comments, but we're not sure why PUBG Corp. would gain from lying about this. Several known hackers are listed in the report as being tied to the case, which is an odd detail to include if those folks weren't actually involved.
Others, on the other hand, seem to feel the PUBG team needs to stop worrying about hackers and focus on more in-game things like fixing the framerate. I suppose there's something to be said here about priorities. For starters, no developer wants to spend time or resources on these types of anti-cheating measures. But the community goes on to prove exactly why "we just can't have nice things." If the developers don't combat this type of activity, their game can literally be ruined. At the same time, maybe some additional in-game stuff would get addressed if they didn't have to spend so much time, you know, protecting their players.
Anyway, it's pretty impressive that a collection of troublemakers are potentially seeing some real-world consequences for their actions. Maybe taking these matters more seriously, on the whole, will help convince people that creating, selling or using these types of hacks isn't worth the effort in the long run.