Report: Around 13m Playerunknown's Battlegrounds accounts have been banned

Report: Around 13m Playerunknown's Battlegrounds accounts have been banned

Since June 2017, in the region of 13m accounts have been axed from battle royale behemoth Playerunknown's Battlegrounds.

That's according to Reddit user sjk045, who has come up with this figure from 69 posts from the game's developer PUBG Corp. The below graph shows that there was a massive spike in January, which saw one million accounts banned in just one week as the studio implemented new anti-cheat measures.

This doesn't mean that 13m players have been banned, however, as cheaters are able to simply get a new account.

Cheating has long been a problem for Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. Creative director Brendan 'Playerunknown' Greene has said in the past that "99 per cent" of cheaters are based in China.

PUBG has implemented several new changes to try and combat this - including a reporting and notification system - to little avail. Cheating does appear to have slowed down in recent weeks, however, with fewer than 100,000 accounts being axed.

The studio has said that fighting bad actors in its game has held up development on the title as a whole.

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