Tencent has worked with police to uncover approximately 30 cases of cheating in PUBG, arresteing around 120 people in the process according to a report from Bloomberg.
A majority of the accused are thought to have either created or have been caught advertising cheat software that allows players to perform illegal maneuvers; which includes and are not limited to abilities to see through walls, view the battlefield from above, or auto-target enemies in-game.
The report also notes that the accused have used the game’s leaderboards as a means of promoting cheat application s— one advertisement asked players to “maintain control and keep your kills within 15 people per game” so as not to get caught — and that those convicted in the past have served jail time.
“PUBG is going through a puberty of sorts and cheaters threaten to stunt its growth,” said Kim Hak-joon, gaming analyst for South Korea’s Kiwoom Securities Co., to Bloomberg. “Cheaters mostly drive away new users, and without retaining new users, PUBG won’t be able to consolidate its early success and become a long-lasting hit.”
Last year, Tencent unsuccessfully pursued the acquisition of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole/PUBG Corp, although they managed to secure the rights to officially distribute the wildly popular battle royale in China in November.
While this version is yet to launch in the region, Bloomberg (via VG24/7) reports Tencent had already since helped law enforcement agents clamp down on cheat software manufacturers.