15 More PUBG Cheat Sellers Arrested, Fined Over $6 Million

15 More PUBG Cheat Sellers Arrested, Fined Over $6 Million
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It’s a strange world we live in where cheating in video games can get you fined and arrested. Yet, here we are! Earlier this year, 120 suspects were apprehended by Chinese authorities, in relation to the creation and distribution of PUBG cheats. Now, 15 more have been rounded up, along with a whopping fine of 30 million yuan ($6.24 million).

According to a post by PUBG Corporation’s Ryan Rigney, the arrests were made in China a few days ago, on April 25, targeting those involved in “developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG“.

But there’s a bit more to it than just aimbots and wall hacks. Rigney revealed that these programs contain malicious code, designed to install backdoors and steal user information:

The longstanding rumor that hacking/cheating programs extract information from users’ PCs has been confirmed to be true. Using illegal programs not only disrupts others, but can end up with you handing over your personal information.

Punishing hack creators via legal means isn’t a new trend; Blizzard’s been suing such companies for years now.

Regardless of your opinion on cheating in online games, I think we can all agree swapping your identity and banking details for a few extra headshots is a really, really crap deal.

An Update on Our Anti-Cheat Efforts [Steam]


  • these programs contain malicious code, designed to install backdoors and steal user information

    I think thats fucken gold

  • I wonder just how much the cheat authors have actually made? If the $6mil fine hugely punitive or have they actually raked in that much through sales and stealing info?

  • This will deter nobody. People just want to win, and they don’t care how they do it. Welcome to the actual real world and how society is today, cheat/lie/steal/imprison you’re way to the top just like how our world leaders teach us, by example, not words….

  • Cheaters are scum but maybe Chinese authorities should, I don’t know… address their country’s rampant corruption, Human rights abuses, religious persecution, dangerous manufacturing standards. Just for a start.

    • Corruption and manufacturing standards have both seen significant improvements over the last six years. There’s been a massive crackdown on corruption since 2012 which was intensified just earlier this year, and workplace accidents are down 16% from 2016 as stronger regulations have been introduced.

      That said, none of what you listed really has anything to do with the story. They can punish illegal software and still do (or don’t) all the other things on your list. It’s not like this is a case of resources being allocated to the wrong things.

  • Players call out daily to region lock China since that’s where the most cheaters are coming from. But since PUBG is partly Chinese owned, they won’t do anything meaningful. Instead we get token stories like this to make it seem like they are doing something when players know they are doing nothing.

    • This. My friend convinced me to play some PUBG the other day instead of Fortnite. After an uneventful 20 minutes we found ourselves in the final 10 and were aimbotted by the first players we encountered. Fuck PUBG.

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