Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) players are demanding that the game’s developers region lock China due to rampant hacking from Chinese players.
Nowhere is the PUBG community more unified than their desire to see China play on their own servers if the most recent patch update is anything to judge. The PC 1.0 update came with a host of problems, most notably some players not receiving their Battle Points (BP) reward for purchasing the game while it was still in beta. However, the player response to the update has been a single hashtag: #RegionLockCHINA.
Over 513 pages and counting of players all demanding that China be region locked due to an overwhelming presence of cheaters in the country.
“I agree with the region locking rage in this thread,” wrote one Steam user. “The hackers are ridiculous, and could be the death of this game.”
Another user posted similar sentiments. “I love this game but I fear it's being crippled by the cheaters and I have the replays to prove people follow me through hills and walls before they should be able to see me.”
The vast majority of responses were far less verbose. Most were simply “Region Lock China” written in large ASCII letters.
Despite the public outcry, the developers seem reluctant to take any action that could anger China. According to Steamspy, nearly 60 percent of PUBG’s millions of players are from mainland China, making it an important demographic to the developers. One that is, unfortunately, known to have a problem with hacking.
“Battleye have already tweeted out that I think around 99 percent of cheats in the game right now are coming out of China,” said Brendan Greene, PUBG’s creative director, in an interview with Kotaku.
“There’s a massive cheat market not only in China, but around the world. But it’s seen as kind of a little bit more acceptable to cheat in games in China. Also geographically, they just have a lot more people than anywhere else in the world.”
One possible solution, which appears to be the most popular among PUBG players, is to lock Chinese players on their own servers. The practice is hardly unheard of—most competitive games region lock to prevent high latency players from facing low latency opponents, an issue which leaves one side with an inherent advantage.
Whatever the PUBG devs decide, they may need to take action soon to prevent more comments like these: “Half of my PUBG experience is full of local servers clogged with Chinese hackers and ping abusers."