Krafton Inc. and Tencent Games–developer and publisher of PUBG Mobile (respectively)–won a court case against a hacking group accused of distributing cheats for the mobile game.
Federal courts in both the United States and Germany ruled in favor of the two the companies, ordering the hacker group to pay close to $10 million in damages and restitution. The group was found to be creating and distributing cheats and hacks to other users, obviously giving recipients advantages in PUBG Mobile.
“Millions of players worldwide enjoy PUBG Mobile and we will ensure a level playing field for everyone,” Rick Li, producer on PUBG Mobile, said in the official release. “Sadly, the actions of hacker groups undermine the fairness of the game. These judgments send a clear message that we will not tolerate cheating.”
The hacker group was also ordered to provide details on how they were able to exploit the game, as well as any collaborators that helped them.
Tencent and Krafton announced they will invest the funds received to further their anti-cheat technology, including the recently released “device ban feature.” This features bans specific devices from logging into PUBG Mobile or even creating a new account.
This court decision is just the latest battle in legal wars that’s been going on over cheat distributors. Activision Blizzard recently sued another cheat website over Call of Duty: Warzone cheats.