Although PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole can’t possibly be able to eliminate all of the cheaters in its game, the studio is taking a clever approach towards players they suspect are cheating. Just recently, players with a history of using cheat software have begun to note matches with other cheaters in them.
Obviously, Bluehole will not comment on how it approaches potential cheaters in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, but it’s nice to see these players get some karmic justice. Though there really isn’t anything to be gained from winning a round of PUBG, cheaters presumably want a sense of accomplishment even if it isn’t truly earned. Unfortunately, those players will now have to beat other cheaters in order to claim their Chicken Dinner.
Reports of this new cheater matchmaking surfaced on the PUBG subreddit, which referenced a cheater forum post. Apparently, a notorious cheater (with multiple accounts) started to notice matches containing more cheaters, even though he or she has not been banned.
In fact, this forum poster is confident that PUBG can’t detect their cheating software, but that may not be the case. Perhaps Bluehole is toying with its cheaters before the next round of bans go out.
This isn’t the first time that we have seen a developer approach matchmaking in this way, and it likely isn’t the last. Some will remember that the Xbox One instituted a reputation system that would reward players in good standing and punish those with numerous negative reports against them. Essentially, this matchmaking system would put the griefers, cheaters, and all-around rude players with each other, while the more honorable players enjoyed a problem-free multiplayer experience.
Of course, Bluehole isn’t going to let these players continue to access PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds even if it might be fun to watch them struggle against opposing cheaters. The developer regularly bans players that are caught using third party software or exploits to gain unfair advantages against the competition. Since its Early Access launch earlier this year, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has banned more than 80,000 players for using cheats, exploits, or breaking the Terms of Service.
Unfortunately, cheats and exploits are a serious problem for PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds and no amount of bans will completely cleanse the experience. So it’s good to know that there are other ways to “punish” these players even if they are not yet banned.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available through Early Access for PC.