India’s version of ‘PUBG Mobile’ rolls out device bans for cheaters

India’s version of ‘PUBG Mobile’ rolls out device bans for cheaters

Cheating is an issue in mobile games just as it is elsewhere; and Krafton is taking extra precautions to catch the biggest offenders. According to 91Mobiles, the company is now permanently banning cheating devices in Battlegrounds Mobile India (aka the local version of PUBG Mobile). Rogue gamers can’t just make new accounts to keep wrecking your matches; – they’d have to buy a new phone or tablet.

The idea of a device ban is not new. Call of Duty: Warzone and Valorant are two examples of games that commonly block hardware. However, it is less widespread on mobile, with Battlegrounds Mobile India being a particularly prominent example, with over 16 million people playing everyday.

Device bans will not put an end to cheating in the battle royale brawler overnight. While device bans take more work to get around, especially on mobile, it’s not impossible. However, Krafton’s efforts may prevent many ‘casual’ cheats, which may be enough to attract (or keep) honest players who have been put off by previous misbehavior.