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PUBG to tackle cheating with machine learning technology

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PUBG's anti-cheat team have posted an update on Steam where they revealed the ongoing and upcoming improvements to PUBG's anti-cheat system. Along with BattlEye and Uncheater, the team is also using machine learning to tackle cheating.

PUBG Corp have been fighting cheaters in their battle royale shooter ever since the game launched on Steam's Early Access back in March 2017. In the last two years, the team has made some big steps and banned over 13 million cheaters including pro players.

According to PUBG's anti-cheat team, they are taking the fight even further with numerous improvements to their current solutions and unauthorized program detection systems.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds currently uses two anti-cheat solutions - BattlEye and Uncheater. On top of these two, the devs also applied a machine learning technique that "analyses players' usage patterns" and can detect "abnormal actions" that interrupt normal game operations.

This basically means that the new technology tracks and studies how people play PUBG, and then uses that data to keep an eye out for anything suspicious. Sounds pretty neat on paper to be fair, so hopefully, it ends up working just as neatly.

PUBG's anti-cheat team also explained that DLL injections are still the most common hacking method used by cheaters. Once DLL Injections are successfully placed in the game process, and the DLL code is recognised as the original game code, hackers can then modify the game process as they please.

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Some of those cheaters have even been arrested and PUBG Corp say that they are continuously working with law enforcement authorities and overseas offices to "take strong legal actions both at home and abroad".

The report listed the results of these legal actions taken in 2018 in the China region, where more than 252 persons have been arrested for selling or using illegal programs. PUBG's anti-cheat team also has more than 100 people monitoring the various websites, messengers and Discord servers that sell hacks.

Judging by the report, it's safe to say that PUBG Corp are really working hard on eradicating cheating from their title. Finally.

For a closer look at their anti-cheat battle, check the full report.