PUBG Corp admits Playerunknown's Battlegrounds suffered cheating "growing pains" in 2019

PUBG Corp admits Playerunknown's Battlegrounds suffered cheating "growing pains" in 2019

The developer of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds PUBG Corp has outlined its plans for dealing with cheating in the battle royale title.

In a post on its website, executive producer for the PC version of the game Taeseok Jang said that the studio struggled to deal with cheating in PUBG during 2019. The company has outlined the countermeasures that it is taking to stop players using hacks and cheats.

PUBG Corp is going to implement two factor authentication to its battle royale game, as well as a one-time password. Players need to have this enabled to play in ranked mode. Meanwhile, the studio is going to be reinforcing the server's ability to check how guns are being fired, as well as make sure vehicles and character movement haven't been tampered with.

Furthermore, PUBG Corp is going to be examining vulnerabilities in its client that can affect aiming. The developer is going to expand its range for detecting cheating, as well as improve its hardware ban systems.

"2019 was a busy year for us, with lots of new content, updates to some of our maps, and a number of quality of life fixes. While much of this content was very well received, we know some of our other efforts didn’t land as well with you. We also had trouble nailing down the causes of a few persistent bugs and struggled against a relentless onslaught of cheat programs. These are some of the things I’ll be talking with you about today," Jang wrote.

"Last year was also a year of growth and change for our teams. To say that we suffered from growing pains would be an understatement, and most unfortunate of all is that during the massive expansions of our teams, we failed to communicate properly with you all, giving the unfortunate illusions that we weren’t listening or did not care. It’s this that I’m most sorry for, as one of the reasons PUBG was able to grow as much as it has was the love and passion of our community. That dedication has carried us through three years of service and I’d like to reaffirm to you all today that we will focus on the issues that are most important to you and continue to improve the game for years to come."

PUBG Corp has also outlined some plans to improve performance. In 2019, the company said that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds had seen performance issues due to DDoS errors. The title saw an 82 per cent decline in average monthly uses during 2019

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