INTERNATIONAL_ The PUBG Mobile hacker group was sentenced by the US and German courts to stop all activities and must pay compensation for the damage caused.
Specifically, the company Krafton and Tencent co-publishing PUBG Mobile game have won a court case against a group of hackers known for developing in-game cheat tools.
The US and German federal courts have ordered members of this organization to shut down all activities related to the development of hacking tools. The defendants also had to pay $10 million in fines to the companies.
The developer and publisher of PUBG Mobile did not disclose the identity of the indicted hacker group, but said that the organization created and distributed hacking and cheat software to gamers around the world. When the group profited from selling illegal programs, Krafton and Tencent took them to court under copyright law.
In addition to paying $10 million in damages, the team must also cease all illegal activities related to in-game cheating. The hacker has yet to provide details of the operation, such as the strategy used to mine PUBG Mobile files and all the names of the gang members.
In a press release, PUBG Mobile publishers said the proceeds from the fines will be used to invest in developing better anti-cheat technology. The idea of Krafton and Tencent is to prevent new scams to clean up the battle royale game.
Like other free games, PUBG Mobile encounters a lot of hacker elements, creating cheat tools. This is similar in Free Fire, Call of Duty: Warzone, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and many other shooters and survival games.
Going to court is a valid strategy to prevent and purge illegal activities of hackers, but it is not enough to prevent the growth of new groups of cheat software. Recently, PUBG Mobile has introduced a stricter anti-cheat measure: banning devices from playing with emulators.
It can be said that the court’s ruling was a turning point for many game companies to refer to in future lawsuits. Bad people must be punished. “We are quite confident that hackers will not stop cheating after this incident, but this contributes to making a strong statement for the company’s fight against hackers,” a game company representative said.
“Millions of players worldwide enjoy PUBG Mobile and we will ensure a level playing field for everyone. Groups of hackers who undermine the fairness of the game will be punished,” said Rick Li, Director of PUBG Mobile at Tencent.