EVE Online Hosts In-Game Executions of Cheaters

People are just going to find a way to circumvent the system. It’s just the way of the gaming world. What a company does against said cheaters, however, can speak volumes. In the case of EVE Online there’s some style points to be awarded, as a public in-game execution of EVE Online cheaters recently took place.

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During the space sandbox’s GM Week, players were instructed by GMs to head to the Yulai system for a “special event.” What players found when they arrived at the appointed destination was a Thanatos carrier flagged as “suspect”, meaning it could be fired upon without EVE’s CONCORD NPC guard force intervening. Naturally, players leapt at the opportunity and opened fire, destroying the cruiser.

At this point, the GMs explained that the vessel in question was a bot that was playing the game for its owner. Over the next hour, another eight carrier and super-carrier vessels were brought in to the system for the same crimes, each successive one being destroyed by the ever-growing mob of newly deputized player ships.

Reportedly, the end of GM Week saw another such public execution event, wrapping up with a botter’s Titan – the largest ship type in the game – being brought to the digital chopping block for players to turn into slag.

Our Thoughts

We can only wish to be a fly on the wall for when these bot-using players realize that their extremely expensive spacecraft was turned into dust. And in such a brilliantly public manner to boot! Well played, CCP GMs. Well played indeed.

Source: Kotaku

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PUBG’s Biggest Streamer Gets Banned after Playing with a Cheater

If you’re a fan of PUBG enough to watch the game get streamed (or find the game more interesting to spectate than play), you’re probably familiar with Shroud, one of the title’s biggest streamers. Turns out that even he’s not immune to the banhammer, as PUBG has blocked him from playing the game after broadcasting some game time with a very obvious cheater.

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The cheater in question arrived to Shroud while he was hiding inside of a building by making a car fly through the air. They later offered to bring items from a fresh air drop over to Shroud, brought him and another streamer to another safe zone in his flying car, and used a wallhack to spot a player hiding inside of a building, which Shroud later killed after being brought into the hiding spot via the cheater’s flying car.

The cheater reportedly admitted that he sells these cheats and Shroud himself expressly stated during the broadcast that he was likely going to get banned, but continued to play along, calling it “the most enjoyable game of PUBG…in a very long time”. It’s also important to note that this was all happening during a solo match, meaning teaming up was already against the rules and a bannable offense.

“It really goes to show…that PUBG don’t give a sh*t,” said Shroud after the shenanigans. “That guy should have been banned immediately.”

A day later, Shroud was officially banned from the game for a month – a punishment that he seems to have taken in stride according to a Twitch clip from a broadcast after the fact. “I was trying to have a good time. Obviously I knew what I was doing,” said Shroud. “It wasn’t a great idea. It seemed like a great idea, but it wasn’t a great idea.”

To PUBG’s credit, the devs have acknowledged that the battle royale shooter still has a long way to go in terms of fixing itself in an addendum to the patch notes for Update 17.1.

“We agree with the criticisms of the game that many of you have made recently, including comments that our efforts need to be more effective and that the game still needs more improvement,” reads the statement. “Right now we’re developing new plans to resolve various problems facing PUBG, prioritizing server performance, client-side performance, anti-cheat, and bugs.”

A video showcasing some of the cheat-riddled antics is available for viewing below (NSFW warning for language).

Our Thoughts

Even if Shroud wasn’t thinking terribly clearly by playing along with this cheater, we do have to agree with his point that after seeing this much cheater activity from this one individual that they probably should have banned him quicker. Still, perhaps some in the PUBG community will find some justice in seeing that even large streamers of the game are not given preferential treatment when it comes to bannable offenses.

Sources: VG247, Steam

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15 Additional PUBG Hackers Arrested and Fined

The seemingly Sisyphean effort to stop PUBG hackers has made at least a little bit of progress recently. According to information shared on the game’s Steam page, another 15 suspects are under arrest for developing and selling cheating programs which not only helped players win PUBG matches, but also were used to steal user data.

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The arrest took place on April 25th and saw what were described as “major suspects” taken into custody for distributing the malicious software. According to the quote included in the post, the suspects currently are facing fines of $5.1 million, while other suspects related to the case are still under investigation.

Some of the programs in question contained a Huigezi Trojan horse virus that also let users of the program control infected PCs, scan the infected PC’s data, and illegally extract whatever information was discovered.

PUBG Corp once more reiterated its continued development on ways to prevent hackers and cheaters in its game, including upgraded security measures and work on anti-cheat functions in addition to working with multiple law enforcement partners. “We’ll continue to crack down on hacking/cheating programs (and their creators) until our players are free to battle it out in a totally fair environment,” closes the post.

Our Thoughts

What impact these arrests will have on the greater issue of PUBG cheaters isn’t immediately clear and likely won’t be clear for a fair bit of time. That said, calling said suspects “major” could mean that the head of one of many snakes may indeed be cut off. Unless, of course, it’s less a snake and more of a hydra, which case the problems will double for PUBG.

Source: Steam

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PUBG Sales Rise but Player Numbers Decline

Combined good news and bad news for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which potentially are two sides of a similar coin. Reports are coming in that PUBG sales have seen an uptick, though the number of players who are actively playing the game is starting to dip for the first time in the game’s history.

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According to data from SteamSpy, PUBG has crested 30 million units sold. However that same website as well as details taken from SteamCharts has seen the game’s concurrent player count drop off, with SteamCharts showing a 5% drop in the last 30 days at the time of this story’s writing.

Part of the issue may be related to PUBG’s still-rampant cheating problem, which anti-cheat tech company BattlEye says is mostly coming from Chinese players. According to statistics gathered by Youxi Story, 99% of the cheaters banned from the game come from China, with the country also making up about 46% of the game’s playerbase.

BattlEye had confirmed earlier this month that the company banned over 1 million cheaters, but also stated that “things continue to escalate” according to a tweet from the company.

That said, PUBG could see yet another spike in player numbers overall. Chinese player numbers have leveled off according to a graph shared by Steam Spy at the end of January, which may be due to the fact that players in the area are waiting for the official Chinese release. Over 10 million players have reportedly already pre-registered for the game’s official launch in the country.

Our Thoughts

So for the sake of perspective, we’re pretty sure that PUBG will remain healthy and popular; it’s hard to think that the 100-pound gorilla of the battle royale market is going to be unseated completely. That said, it’s pretty clear that the game’s cheating problems are beginning to have an appreciable affect, so we hope that the tide will abate soon, if for nothing else than to have a game that players can enjoy without having to wonder “what if”.

Sources: SteamSpy and SteamCharts, Youxi Story via IGN, PCGamesN

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PUBG is Blocking Reshade and Other Graphics Enhancers

As part of PUBG’s continued battle with the forces of Cobra (AKA cheaters in the game), it has been revealed that their in-testing anti-cheat tech will be blocking graphic enhancement programs. So, basically, no more PUBG Reshade for you.

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In a post on the game’s forums, a community manager confirmed that the new anti-cheat tech will be blocking outside programs from being used as part of its defense against cheating. Reshade was specified as one of the primary targets, but other third-party programs that “modify the gameplay or visuals in an invasive way” will also be blocked.

The post doesn’t specify whether or not those using the program will be outright blocked, but the suggestion is that the new anti-cheat measures will simply stop folks from playing the game itself instead of issuing an automatic ban. Whether that is the case or not, however, has not been officially confirmed as of this writing.

Our Thoughts

We understand PC players love to fiddle, tweak and otherwise muck about with every setting under the sun in order to get their game to look as astonishingly pretty (or visually easier to spot threats) as possible, but if the choices are to dress up the game you love or be locked out from playing said loved game, it seems like the decision is pretty simple. We know, looking at a game that has a bit of blur is a big ask, but try to bravely shoulder the burden. We believe in you.

Source: official forums

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