Getting a how many cheaters there actually are in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is a tricky business, but according to anti-cheat provider BattlEye, the wave of 100,000 bans last week was just the tip of the iceberg.

BattlEye has Tweeted out to say that over 1 million PUBG cheaters have been banned from the game in the last month alone.

“We have banned over 1,044,000 PUBG cheaters in January alone. Unfortunately, things continue to escalate,” says BattlEye. That’s on top of the 1.5 million bans that took place up until the end of 2017, bringing the grand total to 2.544 million cheaters banned. What’s perhaps worrying is those numbers are actually escalating; a byproduct of PUBG’s continued worldwide success.

That’s a heck of a lot of banned. God knows how many there are still out there that haven’t been banned yet. With no measures in place to stop cheaters just rebuying the game as well, Bluehole is probably onto a nice little earner through the millions of copies sold to previously banned players.

In a 100-player game, it means your odds of being matched with a cheat are statistically fairly high and it’s important Bluehole and BattlEye keep on top of it. While the finger of blame should inevitably point towards the cheaters themselves, PUBG’s implementation of loot crates and cosmetics has indirectly made cheating profitable. Any time there’s an opportunity for money to be made, someone’s going to take it.

What can be done about PUBG’s cheating problem? Have you noticed a reduction in cheating since BattlEye’s mass bans this month, or is, as BattlEye claims, the issue escalating? Let us know!