Given its immense popularity, the sheer number of cheaters is staggering. According to BattlEye, which is a software program that takes aim at cheater, over 1 million players were banned in the month of January alone:
We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone, unfortunately things continue to escalate.— BattlEye (@TheBattlEye) February 4, 2018
The latest anti-cheat update for PUBG will go into effect starting at 9PM EST tonight. Thankfully for players that can't get enough the game, there will be no downtime associated with this new update.
As we reported last week, this is an early version of the latest anti-cheat system from PUBG’s developers. "This feature will also block different helper programs that alter the graphics or aid in gameplay in some way," wrote PUBG's Dohyung Lee last. "What these programs have in common is that they all hook into our game and transform game files. Programs that are not used to gain an unfair advantage can also be blocked if they behave like cheats."
The PUBG community manager goes on to add, "One of the popular programs that will be blocked is ReShade. You will not be banned for having it on system but you will no longer be able to play PUBG while it is installed. Please uninstall ReShade (or any other blocked program) and launch the game again. Some players may find that reinstalling PUBG is also necessary."
It should be noted that some programs like NVIDIA Shadowplay may be temporarily blocked in this early iteration of the anti-cheat software. These “hiccup” should be resolved in later iterations of the system.
There's no easy to way to rid the gaming world completely of cheaters, but at least developers are continually modifying their games to thwart these bottom-feeders.