PUBG radar hack is making headlines since last year and while PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or PUBG has become one of the biggest and the most popular online multiplayer battle royale game ever with over 30 million daily users. Professional PUBG players have been participating in PUBG tournaments for months now, but it is also true that along with the popularity, PUBG is also witnessing a surge in the number of hacks bring used on the platform, the biggest of them being the PUBG radar hack.
Like ban waves in most popular online games, technology is at the center of it all. In this particular case, Radar Hacking was the main target. For those unaware of how the method works, Radar Hacks reveal detailed server information and send the collected data to an external device via a third-party VPN. In layman’s terms, Radar Hacks allowed PUBG cheaters to see all player positions via a second monitor or smartphone application. Previously these methods went undetected, but it appears PUBG Corp, and its anti-cheat algorithm called BattlEye, can now flag when such services are active. The change was smartly implemented alongside the live arrival of the Vikendi snow map earlier this week.
Given what we know now, it appears use of this unsanctioned assistive software was somewhat popular in PUBG’s European and North American esports scenes. Over the last handful of hours, multiple apologies, suspensions and explanations have been posted on behalf of players and organizations alike. Chief among them is Can “TEXQS” Ozdemir of the Pittsburgh Knights, who has earned nearly $36,000 in prizing since joining the organization about one year ago. With news of the ban still fresh, the Knights said they would be suspending TEXQS until a full investigation could be conducted.
In December 2018, Tencent Games and PUBG Corp. started a crackdown on all professional PUBG players using the radar hack, which essentially makes them capable to locate all the other players on the map. A total of 30,000 players along with fur professional players were banned in December for using the PUBG radar hack which followed by PUBG Esports announcing the name of professional players as well as teams which were caught cheating during the PUBG European League (PEL)
WHAT ARE PUBG HACKS?
As PUBG is a fight to the death, there’s a lot of cheats online that can help improve your aim, accuracy, and speed. Some of those hacks can be downloaded for free, while more complex hacks are part of a premium service, but ultimately they provide the user with a hidden competitive advantage over their opponents.
One of the most popular PUBG hacking tools are aim bots, which acts almost as an auto-assist, helping you pop headshots from great distances or in big close-quarter fights. Snappy aim and a high headshot percentage usually help identify aim bot users. Wall hacks allow you to see through walls and will often identify loot far away. This makes finding good loot easy in the early game, as well as letting you know who you’re up against in tight firefights.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET CAUGHT HACKING IN PUBG?
While downloading hacks in PUBG looks easy, you do it at the risk of your account. Using cheats or hacks in any competitive online game is incredibly risky, and although you’ll probably get more chicken dinners, the risk of being banned is simply not worth it.
With the replay system, suspected cheaters are put under more scrutiny than ever before, and with PUBG Corp stepping up its anti-cheat system, the risks of cheating outweigh the benefits.
That being said, it should be noted that, just because these players were seemingly caught in the ban wave, that doesn’t mean any of the mentioned parties used Radar Hacks in LAN tournament scenarios. It would be quite a gutsy move for someone to cheat in such a tightly-monitored environment, but online qualifiers and smaller tournaments are still wide open for exploitation.
No matter how you slice it, this is a bad look for a PUBG esports scene that has struggled to gain global traction despite the game’s continued popularity. With many failed events behind them, PUBG creator Brendan Greene said in July that 2018 is “all about getting PUBG to be esports-ready.” Just as in the live game, it appears stamping out cheating will be one of PUBG Corp’s biggest missions heading into the new year. The publisher has yet to comment on this developing scandal.
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