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


Cheating is as much of an issue in mobile games as it is elsewhere, and Krafton is taking extra steps to tackle the worst offenders. 91Mobiles reports that the developer is now permanently banning cheaters’ devices in Battlegrounds Mobile India (aka the local version of PUBG Mobile). Rogue players can’t just create new accounts just to ruin your matches – in theory they have to buy a new phone or tablet.

The concept of a device ban is not new. Titles like Call of Duty: Warzone and Valorant routinely block hardware. It’s not as common on mobile though, and Battlegrounds Mobile India is a particularly prominent example when over 16 million people play daily.

Device bans won’t suddenly end cheating in the Battle Royale brawler. While device bans take more effort to get around, especially on mobile devices, it’s not impossible. However, Krafton’s effort could deter many “casual” cheaters, and that could be enough to attract (or keep) honest players who are deterred by past mischief.

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