Chinese authorities arrest 15 more accused PUBG hackers, fining them over $5M

Bluehole and PUBG Corp are apparently continuing their government-backed crackdown on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds cheaters.

Last week, PUBG Corp told Steam players that it takes cheating seriously and has upgraded its security measures. “In the meantime, we’ve also been continuously gathering information on hack developers (and sellers) and have been working extensively with multiple partners and judicial authorities to bring these people to justice,” the studio writes. “Earlier this month, on April 25th, 15 suspects were arrested for developing and selling hacking/cheating programs that affect PUBG. It was confirmed that malicious code, including Trojan horse software, was included in some of these programs and was used to steal user information.”

The studio indicates the suspects, all in China and being dealt with by Chinese authorities, have been fined the rough equivalent of $5.1M USD for their infractions. Prison time is historically a potential factor in cases like these in China as well, but the report doesn’t mention it.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because multiple studios with assets in Asia have gone down this route in recent history. In January, Tencent helped Chinese police arrest 120 people as part of 30 different criminal cases involving cheat programs for PUBG. The same month, Blizzard Korea referred 13 people to Seoul’s National Policy Agency cyber crime unit for arrest in Overwatch hacking and cheating crimes.

Source: Steam via VG247
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Slaasher

I believe in convicting and heavily fining people who do this. But 5M$ for 15 people? Maybe it wont be distributed evenly depending on the severity but holy crap!!! IF i were a hacker (which I’m not lol) i would get out of the business pronto. And if there is jail time involved…. I wouldn’t want to be in a Chinese jail for cheating in a game…. A GAME!!
If this doesn’t cause them to backtrack immediately then nothing will…. and they are stupid to boot

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rafael12104

Wow. China sure has changed it’s tune. A few years ago, they couldn’t care less.

So, those hack stealing personal info etc. I see the crime there. How is it a crime if you are just using a speed hack or something like that? Or is it?

I’m quite happy hacks are getting a turn in the grief box, but even though its China there has to be a justification under their law.

I’ve traveled to China many times on business and they have laws regulating almost anything. Lol.

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John Mclain

Keep in mind this is China we’re talking about, laws are “flexible” there, and some are made up on the spot if they want to. Piss off the wrong person and you get to skip GO, and a trial and conviction if they are so inclined and get to go straight to vanished without a trace.

Though even I am surprised to see Chinese authorities give a crap about cheaters, given that the Chinese give absolutely zero crap about intellectual property rights.

All that said… and I can’t believe I’m saying this… I applaud what the Chinese government is doing here. Chinese people cheat in games more than any other nation on earth. By default all online games should region-lock the Chinese.

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rafael12104

Don’t disagree with you on any counts. But, on my trips I did notice that everything that they do in terms of laws and regulation is with the tacit approval of their communist party. And as a result, they take great pains in explaining their laws and regulations, even though sometimes it is after the fact as you mention. Lol.

So I’m curious to see how they would explain cheating. Is it fraud? Is it compromising profit margins? Is it consumer protection? Is it in their little red book? LOL.

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Slaasher

Well its no secret that China would like to be the global economic leader for their dollar to replace the greenback as the standard. I would think how businesses and other countries perceive them is becoming more and more important with every passing year.

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rafael12104

Well, over the past couple of decades they have certainly become more business oriented. In fact, I would argue that their power has grown exponentially once they realized that integration into the world economy and the promotion of Corp. business serve their interests best.

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Randy Savage

What a socialist utopia!

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Estranged

Is it worth it? No.

ffs