Members of a group of hackers developing cheats for PUBG Mobile have been fined $ 10 million in damages – the developers at PUBG say they will be reinvesting in anti-cheat technology.
As described in a press release, federal courts in the US and Germany recently ruled in favor of PUBG mobile publishers Tencent Games and Krafton in a lawsuit against members of a hacker group known for creating and distributing cheats within the game.
As part of the verdict, the defendants were asked to pay the publishers around $ 10 million in damages. In addition, the group has also been instructed to provide details on how to exploit the game in the first place and is under strict instructions to cease any future illegal gaming fraud activity.
In a statement following the legal win, Tencent Games PUBG Mobile producer Rick Li spoke about the importance of the verdict within the game’s online community. “Millions of players around the world enjoy PUBG Mobile and we will ensure a level playing field for everyone. Unfortunately, the actions of hacking groups undermine the fairness of the game. These rulings send a clear message that we will not tolerate fraud in PUBG Mobile, ”he said.
Minu Lee, Head of PUBG Mobile Product Development at Krafton, added that publishers will continue to monitor the game’s status in the future. “Fun and fairness are the foundation of the PUBG Mobile experience, and fraud in any form will not be tolerated,” said Lee. “Therefore, we will enforce our intellectual property rights with unwavering determination against anyone who tries to damage or abuse them. ”
The two companies announced that any funds withdrawn from the ruling will be reinvested in anti-cheat technology for the game.
While this is a win for PUBG Mobile and its community, other online multiplayer publishers are hoping it will send a broader message across the industry. The topic of cheating has become much more important with the advent of free online gaming and has affected a number of gaming communities including Halo Infinite, Call of Duty: Warzone, and Battlefield 2042.
While a number of games like Call of Duty: Warzone have attempted to tackle fraud by building on and improving their built-in anti-cheat systems, a number of companies are also exploring other legal options as well. Most recently, Activision announced that it has initiated a lawsuit against EngineOwning – a popular cheats distributor accused of creating and distributing cheats in a number of Call of Duty titles. With that in mind, it is likely that Activision will be encouraged by the recent ruling in favor of PUBG Mobile and look forward to a similar outcome in its own endeavors.
To learn more about the efforts companies are making to combat fraudsters in their games, check out this article that details the lawsuit that Riot and Bungie brought against the software makers who launched hacks for Valorant last year and created Destiny 2.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him Twitter.