PUBG Mobile took a long, hard swing of the ban pan yet again this week. Not directly against players, as it often tends to do, but against the hacks themselves that enable those nefarious ways. The developer of the game issued a statement regarding how it tackled a bunch of popular in-game “hacks, exploits, cheats, and plug-ins.” The lengthy post, complete with exclamation marks, reads like a victory monologue by a general wedging his flag into the ground after a brutal battle to the death — a sign of confidence, or at least deeply rooted frustration and subsequent relief, perhaps.
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“Last week, the PUBG MOBILE team took strong action against iOS jailbreak plug-in hacks! Cheaters used X-Ray vision, auto-aim, and many other cheating methods to severely disrupt the game environment and gaming experience. The PUBG MOBILE team monitors these hacks closely and takes measures to target them immediately once they are detected. These hacks seriously damage the fairness of the game. We will punish players who use them with a 10-year ban and take legal action against their developers to hold them accountable!
The PUBG MOBILE team will do its utmost to preserve the gaming experience for all players, and as such, we have zero tolerance for hacks and other exploitations from unfairness. We hope everyone will follow the rules and maintain a fair gaming environment.”
On top of squashing apparent plug-in hacks and X-ray specs, the PUBG Mobile team finally fixed a curious tool that was able to wipe players out the moment they touched the ground. Given every round starts with 100 players jumping out of a plane and parachuting to their preferred landing spot, a virtual killswitch that decimated player numbers before anyone had a chance to grab a gun sounds like one awfully bad gameplay experience. It’s good that’s been sorted out; that’s for sure.
But even the game developers made sure to iterate how this isn’t the first time they had to put the bad boy down. The hack in question was itself updated after it was last defeated — then able to come back like a Dragonball Z character in search of its sweet revenge. If it can learn from its mistakes once, it’s certainly possible it can do so again, so let’s not just assume the war is over just yet.
This latest wave of exploit sweeping likely won’t be the last no matter what. However, on top of the announcement, the PUBG Mobile team has outlined its commitment to tackling more than just the players keeping these hack tools in business. For every one hack sold to a no-talent player, that’s 99 other players in a match who might then be convinced to finally give the game a rest, or level the playing field with hacks themselves. Multiply that by the crazy amount of matches that PUBG Mobile hosts every day… What you get is a lot of potentially lost revenue for any game developer to swallow. So that developer is now going after the source.
Following in the footsteps of Fortnite and a handful of other big-name competitive games, PUBG Mobile is ready to “take legal action against their developers to hold them accountable!” The exclamation mark is there to really hammer the intention home. Let’s hope it sticks.
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