Cheating in PUBG has long reached alarming levels but PUBG Corp's latest handling of the issue seems to have backfired somewhat seriously. Namely, a large number of PUBG players have now been branded cheaters and kicked off servers.
To be fair, people wanted PUBG to get rid of cheaters and, although not the first choice for most - kicking everyone does indeed fix the cheating problem.
PC players, we are aware of a detection logic related bug that occurred after today's anti-cheat update and is temporarily preventing some players from accessing our game. Please accept our apologies. We are working on a fix as fast as we can.— PUBG Support (@PUBG_Support) March 8, 2018
However, it would then be the right time for PUBG Corp to address the playing problem, right? Apparently, they did, but we'll still wait for the public backlash to subside somewhat, because PUBG players are nowhere near happy.
PC players, the detection logic related bug that occurred after today's anti-cheat update has been fixed and all the temp bans caused by it were lifted. Thank you for your patience.— PUBG Support (@PUBG_Support) March 8, 2018
Despite PUBG Corps' wording, PUBG players were not prevented from accessing the game, most of them were straight up kicked. Disgruntled PUBG players have swarmed the usual complaint channels and we must admit, this is one wicked slippery slope PUBG Corp is heading down on.
With players already out of their minds over seemingly endless waves of cheaters in PUBG, being branded as one and then kicked off of a server definitely seems like a seriously unfair kick in the teeth.
It's actually hard to count how many times we've reported on cheating in the popular survival shooter, but we do recall a few off the top of our head, such as the problem being bigger than China and Bluehole banning upwards of a million PUBG cheaters in January alone.
Of course, the game is still widely popular, hence the public outrage over seeming amateurish handling of these issues by Bluehole, PUBG Corp or however they decide to call themselves this time. Epic's Fortnite: Battle Royale has been gathering serious pace in the meantime and with PUBG numbers on a steady decline, this surely won't help.