Tencent, the publisher of PUBG in China, has reportedly been directly involved in arresting around 120 people for cheating in the globally popular battle royale game. It is interesting to see that the publisher has been able to physically help prevent cheating, but what’s more bizarre is the fact that the game hasn’t even officially launched in China yet.
The 120 people arrested were spread across approximately 30 different cases involving a cheat-making ring, according to a report from VG24/7. The cheaters are said to use the game’s own leaderboards to advertise themselves with odd names that begin with QQ, which is also the name of a popular chat service in China.
You can find players like these even in the top 10 in the game’s leaderboard, with their names representing their chat name in QQ. This allows players to reach out to them directly for information on the cheats they used to reach the top of the leaderboards in PUBG.
Each cheater has their own prices, but one, in particular, was reportedly selling cheats for 100 yuan ($15 USD) each. The cheaters making themselves so easily known has allowed Tencent to root them out, with the publisher now working alongside the police in its investigation.
While Tencent is the publisher of PUBG in China, it also recently expressed in owning the game and its developers, but to no avail so far. Tencent currently owns or has major stakes in games League of Legends, Clash Royale, and even PUBG‘s biggest competitor, Fortnite.