18 arrested for building cheating apps for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
PUBG cheats are big business in China
More than a dozen people have been arrested in China -- for helping people cheat in a PC game.
And the software doesn’t just harm other players: It can also hurt the cheaters themselves, because some of the hacks were found to be Trojans, able to hack into computers to loot data.
The scale of these operations are massive: Funding was said to range from 20 million yuan (US$3.1 million) to more than 30 million yuan (US$4.7 million).
A quick search online shows plenty of Chinese websites blatantly offering what’s advertised as PUBG “assistance” -- in other words, cheats.
In some programs, users are told to shut down antivirus software and firewalls on their devices. They are also advised to “keep a low profile” and only kill fewer than 10 people in each round -- presumably to avoid getting noticed and banned.