PUBG: 30,000 accounts banned for using this hack

PUBG makers have bought down the hammer on Hack town once again. With the release of the Vikendi snow map earlier this week, PUBG has also imposed a ban wave which has shut down over 30,000 accounts accused of employing cheat codes during the game. The ban wave has also supposedly pulled in several of the game’s pro players as well.

Similar to game corps implementing ban waves on various online games, PUBG has also implemented the ban hammer on users resorting to Radar Hacking. For the uninformed, users employing Radar Hacks get detailed information from the servers and sends the data to an external device via a third-party VPN ensuring higher success and kill rate for the person using the cheat.

In simple terms, the Radar Hack allowed players to see opposition player positions via a second monitor or a smartphone application. For the normal player, if you hear footsteps nearby, you would already be dead.

According to a player named Just like the gypsy said on Reddit, they said, “I cannot count on both hands the amount of times I have ran into people obviously using some form of radar cheat today.

I will be sitting in a room, or behind a rock. Then I hear footsteps heading towards me, and the second even their head is visible I’m pre fired into the next dimension.

I understand that these cheats are undetectable as they run on entirely separate devices to PUBG, however, there has to be some way that PUBG corp can close the loop of information being fed to these devices and apps.

I cannot see why people should be able to leech match information while it is still in progress.”

Another user who goes by the name DatsOk_ stated, “Ran into a guy last night who was aiming at people through buildings and auto snapping onto targets however he still would miss shots due to recoil. I watched him kill people effortlessly.”

In a report published by Newsweek, the use of this unauthorized assistive software seemed to be quite the norm for European and American E-Sports industry. Since the ban wave was implemented, there have been hosts of apologies, suspensions, and various explanations which have been posted on the behalf of players and organizations as well. One of the major names impacted by the ban wave is Can “TEXQS” Ozdemir of the Pittsburgh Knights who earned reportedly $ 36,000 (Rs 25.20 lakh approx.) in prize money in a year since his joining at the organization. Pittsburgh Knights responded by conducting a full investigation and suspending TEXQS until further notice.

Other player bans also include names like Sezk0 and Houlow from the French team, SDF. Putting out info in a Twitter post, teammate Nicolas Vincent “Fr_Steph” Fayon stated having had knowledge of the Radar Hacks. “THZ and Houlow decided it without us and did not want to tell Sezk0 and myself about it,” stated Nicolas in a translated post. Alarm bells started ringing once teammates were reprimanded for not following in-game calls which did not sync with the information readily available.

Impacting the last ones, the banhammer came down on Copenhagen players “Hoffmann88” and “Player Jones”. Jones confessed in a Twitter post saying, “I used this magical radar called Xradar, which apparently was 100 percent safe. Well, I guess not. I used it on the evening of Dec. 17 for two or three hours when playing GLL Rampage.” The ban wave impact list also includes Russian player Aleksandr “S1D” Sidorov of the Russian Red Diamonds who may be a suspect of using Radar hack cheat. The reason being Sidorov abruptly ended his PUBG career a few hours before the ban wave hit. Sidorov recently qualified for the European Pro league and has neither confirmed nor denied accusations of cheating.

The ban wave, even though it did gather up a lot of above mentioned famous players in its wake, does not mean they were actually using the Radar Hack cheat in LAN tournament scenarios considering LAN tournament scenarios are tightly-monitored environments. However, the possibility of online qualifiers and smaller tournaments are still prone to misuse.

PUBG is now available on the Xbox, PC, PS4, and mobile.

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