Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds’ developer, PUBG Corp, has outlined the measures it is taking to eliminate cheating in the popular Battle Royale game.
In a post on the Steam Community website, PUBG Corp’s Head of Service Management, Dohyung Lee, goes into detail about how the company is combating cheat programs and generally fighting cheats. Lee says: “We have established a dedicated team to focus on combating cheat programs and since our launch on early access, we have been committed to detecting and preventing such programs. As part of that effort, we have developed a new anti-cheat solution internally. We will be introducing an early version of the solution on our live servers next week. Its main focus for now is blocking unauthorized programs but it will be further developed to broaden the scope of its abilities.”
Lee goes on to highlight a number of specific ways in which the new anti-cheat measures will work: “This feature will also block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way. What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files. Programs that are not used to gain an unfair advantage can also be blocked if they behave like cheats. Some programs that do not affect gameplay may be blocked temporarily as we hone the new anti-cheat features.”
In addition, Lee says that PUBG Corp is upgrading PUBG’s in-game reporting system, it will block access to the game if any tampering with game files is detected, and it will disable Family Sharing on Steam. He explained the latter decision thus: “We had allowed this feature so that the account holders who own PUBG can use their character with other Steam accounts if they wanted to. However, we have decided to deactivate this feature because we have identified a number of vulnerabilities that are being exploited. Please understand that we are introducing this measure to fight abuse and ensure a fair environment.”
Recently – as with pretty much any multiplayer game after it has been available for a while – incidents of cheating observed in PUBG have been on the rise. PUBG Corp is realistic – it doesn’t expect to be able to completely stamp out cheating in the game. But it deserves credit for acknowledging the problem and dedicating resources to solving it.