PUBG cheaters. They’re a problem that cannot be ignored. Now, at least 120 of those problems are under arrest in China with the assistance of publisher Tencent, despite the fact that the game is yet to officially release to the region.
Tencent took part in 30 cases with Chinese law enforcement agents against cheating rings that sell cheat software, which led to 120 arrests in the country. The accused are charged with creating programs that offer advantages such as x-ray vision and aimbotting, and could face jail time if convicted.
In spite of this, the cheating problems continue to mount in China. Software rings use the game’s own league tables as advertising billboards, with top player usernames referencing Tencent’s own QQ messaging service as a means of direct contact to purchase cheat software. One such program, called “Jue Ying”, offers players a birds-eye view of the battleground while obscuring themselves from players at a cost of 100 yuan ($15).
As the single biggest battle royale game in the world, it’s pretty important that cheating rings are broken up both in-game and in real life. Considering the company’s vested interest in making the game as cheat-free as possible, Tencent’s assistance is pretty much unsurprising. That said, we’re glad to see the company doing what it can to be as proactive on the matter as possible.
Source: Bloomberg via VG247
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Epic Games’ legal moves regarding ongoing Battle Royale cheater cases have come to a resolution in at least one instance. Specifically, the copyright case filed against one player has come to an agreement, while an earlier reported case involving a 14-year-old has had another additional detail introduced.
The case in question involves one Charles “Joreallean” Vraspir, who faced accusations of copyright infringement and breach of contract for his creation and use of cheats that tinkered with Fortnite Battle Royale’s code.
A settlement was reached between Vraspir and Epic Games with an injunction that states Vraspir not create any such cheats and that he destroys any existing code or software he has written. Should Vraspir be found cheating or distributing cheats once again, he will have to pay $5,000, along with additional fees or other money the court deems worthy.
One of Epic Games’ lawyers has also approached the matter of the 14-year-old who faces a lawsuit and directly addresses the mother’s accusations of releasing said minor’s personal information. According to a letterhead, Epic was unaware of the age of the accused cheater and referenced laws that explain a minor’s initials be used in any legal correspondence instead of their full name.
“Although there is an argument that by submitting the Letter to the Court containing Defendant’s name and address, Defendant’s mother waived [protection of laws for minors]…we plan to include only Defendant’s initials or redact his name entirely in all future filings with the Court, including this letter,” reads the response.
We agree with the assessment of the source for this story that these moves seem to be geared at making an example of cheaters as opposed to outright destroying their lives fiscally. Whether a $5k “slap on the wrist” is scary enough remains to be seen, but we hope this will help. We also wonder where the case of the 14-year-old will go next now that Epic Games is on record as stating lack of knowledge about the cheater’s age.
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