PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a cheating problem, in case you hadn’t heard. Just about any conversation about PUBG is dominated by talk of rampant cheaters, an unfortunate side effect of its mind-blowing success. PUBG developer Bluehole is preparing to take a much tougher stance on cheaters now, announcing a new initiative to stamp out hackers on a larger scale than ever before.

The PUBG development team has said it has discovered a new pattern found among cheat users that have enabled them to identify thousands at once. They’ve been busily analysing data from over 10 million players, amassing data logs, and now finally preparing to permanently ban more than 100,000 cheaters in a single wave of bans. This will be the largest anti-cheat ban ever seen in PUBG, and a promising sign that PUBG’s health could be on the up.

“This is an example of additional measures we will be taking on top of the basic detection systems in place”, explains Bluehole. “We will continue to check the data logs like this even if it means the anti-cheat team has to filter through hundreds of billions of data logs manually. In addition, we are looking into adopting a new solution to detect and ban more cheaters and we have been continuously strengthening our security systems. We have also liaised with investigative authorities in some countries to take legal actions against developers and distributors of cheats. We are determined to take strong measures against them going forward.”

We also saw this week that PUBG Corporation has been working with Chinese state authorities to find and arrest more than 120 cheat software makers. It’s anti-cheat on a scale we’ve never seen before; players actually locked up for their wallhacks.

One interesting tidbit of info from the data provided by the development team is that of the 10 million players analysed, 100,000, or 1%, are now confirmed cheats. Prior to this wave of bans, it can, therefore, be surmised that there is an average of one cheater per match of PUBG (100 players per match). That’s kind of an amazing ratio, and the high player count plays into a scenario where you’re more likely that you’re playing with a cheater than if you were playing a 6v6 game, for example. Efforts are at least being made to crack down on this epidemic though, so there should far fewer wallhackers, speedrunners, and people with frying pans attached to their faces. Win/win.

Have you come up against many cheaters in PUBG? Have you even cheated yourself? Let us know!