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Escape From Tarkov breaks 200k concurrent players and bans 3k cheaters amid reset

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Hardcore survival FPS Escape From Tarkov has had a pretty big week, first resetting the game's progression entirely and banning 3,000 cheaters, then breaking its concurrent player record with over 200,000 people online. Battlestate Games COO Nikita Buyanov made a cheeky Reddit post announcing the record-breaking count, asking players "How's it goin?" about the latest patch, following up with "thank you for your dedication and interest. We broke 200k online and made a record!"

Earlier this week Escape From Tarkov's closed beta underwent a total game reset, wiping the progression of its thousands of players. That wipe coincided with the release of a new patch and the start of a new season of gameplay, pushing players back through the game's quests and progression from the start. As this season kicked off, a lot of people apparently felt the need to cheat their way to the top. Battlestate games did not like this, subsequently banning 3,000 cheating accounts.

 Escape From Tarkov released as an alpha in 2016, but didn't gain widespread interest until late last year when it kicked off a large advertising campaign on Twitch. Tarkov is a hardcore FPS with extensive gun customization, survival mechanics, a clever blend of RPG and MMO and Battle Royale, and a conspicuous lack of women. It's now clearly doing quite well for itself, despite being a closed beta only available with the preorder of the full game. You can check out Escape From Tarkov at its official website. 

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.