PUBG Mobile has now won a major lawsuit targeting a group of cheat creators caught distributing and selling cheat tools for the game. The previously prolific group of hackers will now have to pay $10 million in damages, which will be re-invested in improving anti-cheat tools for the game.
Federal Courts in the United States and Germany have ruled in favour of Tencent Games and KRAFTON, Inc. in their cases against members of a hacking group. The defendants are ordered to pay Tencent Games and KRAFTON around $10 million USD in damages, and they must cease game cheating and cheat development, as well as provide details about their cheats, how they operate and any collaborators that may have been involved.
“This legal victory bolsters our collective commitment to fiercely protect our games, PUBG IP and global community,” said Minu Lee, Head of PUBGM Product Management at KRAFTON, Inc. “Fun and fairness is the bedrock of the PUBG MOBILE experience and cheating in any form will not be tolerated. As such, we will continue enforcing our IP rights with unwavering resolve against any who seek to tarnish or misuse them.”
This lawsuit win follows on from the closure of the world’s largest cheating operation in China last year. With continued legal wins, other cheat providers have begun abandoning cheats for certain games, like PUBG Mobile. Krafton is using this opportunity to continue investing in anti-cheat technology, including replay screening, isolated matchmaking for those caught cheating and improvements to the in-game report player function.
KitGuru Says: The gaming industry continues to make strides pushing back against cheats and those who sell them. The issue will never entirely go away but moves like this can lead to thousands of cheaters getting caught and banned.