PUBG's anti-cheat system is banning more than 6,000 players a day

I haven't come across a single hacker in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (opens in new tab). Not an obvious one at least. Maybe that means I need to be more observant, or perhaps it's a testament to the game's anti-cheat system, which is banning more than 6,000 suspected cheaters every day.

That's according to BattlEye, which polices the game's servers. Its official account tweeted yesterday that between 6,000 and 13,000 players are getting their marching orders daily.

On Saturday morning, it had cracked down on nearly 20,000 players within the previous 24-hour period. The "vast majority" of those were from China, where in-game ads recently caused a flood of negative reviews of the game to hit Steam (opens in new tab).

In total, the service has blocked 322,000 people, double the number that was reported by the game's creator Brendan Greene, aka PlayerUnknown, last month. That's a rapid rise.

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PUBG continues to go from strength to strength: it passed the 2 million concurrent players mark three days ago, and today it peaked at just under a whopping 2.2 million, official Steam stats show. According to SteamSpy, more than 16 million people own it.

Have you come across many hackers while playing?

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.