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One million PUBG cheaters banned in January, Steam sharing will be disabled

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PUBG's problem with cheaters is still growing in spite ever tightening anti-tamper measures. BattlEye's Twitter account reported that more than one million players had been banned in January 2018 alone. More measures are on the way.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has a problem with cheaters. Some of them can, and have, render the game completely unplayable for those just trying to score some savoury drumsticks. 

In an attempt to discourage this undesirable behaviour, PUBG Corp is rolling out more anti-cheat measures. According to BattlEye's Twitter account, over a million players have been banned in January alone. 

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Even with an intimidating number of bans that have hit the cheating accounts during the past month, "things continue to escalate" says the tweet. Back in November, nearly 100.000 players received a ban during the course of one weekend. BattleEye's update from December 2017 informed us that 1,500,000 accounts had been prohibited from accessing the game.

"Fighting cheaters will always remain WIP and never be solved completely," BattlEye tweeted at the end of last year, "especially in the most popular Battle Royale game."

PUBG Corp has been looking for ways to combat cheaters since day one, and the latest anti-cheat solution should go live next week.

"This solution will complement the systems that have been developed and implemented already. Its main focus for now is blocking unauthorized programs but it will be further developed to broaden the scope of its abilities." reads the Steam Community post, written by Dohyung Lee, the dev's head of service management and anti-cheat.

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"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."

PUBG Corp has banned upwards of 1.5 million cheaters since its Early Access arrival last year, and they are about to deactivate the family sharing function.

The dev team is looking to put an end to account sharing in order to get rid of some of the vulnerabilities that are being exploited. The feature was allowed in the past "so that the account holders who own PUBG can use their character with other Steam accounts if they wanted to".

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The in-game reporting features are under construction in order to effectively review player reports and accurately verify cheat activities. An internal system that'll allow the team to faster investigate reported content is also being implemented. "Please do bear in mind that when watching a replay, sometimes the replay footage and the actual gameplay may differ due to some bugs or network issues."

The post warned against tampering with the game files: "your game access may be blocked, especially if you delete, modify or manipulate in any way the files affecting any of the game systems and mechanics."

Find Dohyung Lee's full post on PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Steam page.