Krafton has announced that it will be taking even stricter measures to control hacking or cheating in Battlegrounds Mobile India. The developers will now ban the device itself, instead of just the associated account.
In its official announcement, the developers stated“ If the use of illegal programs is detected with a mobile device by the newly applied security logic, the device will be permanently banned from using BGMI.”
Up until now, any hacker who was caught using illegal programs would get their account permanently banned. However, they were still free to simply create a new account and continue cheating. With the device ban in place, anyone caught using illegal software will no longer be able to play the game using the same device. This should ensure that players who get caught cheating will no longer get the chance to cheat again unless they get a new device.
Battlegrounds Mobile India: The hacking problem
Hacking and cheating have become a serious problem in Battlegrounds Mobile India. Almost every week, the developers end up banning hundreds of thousands of accounts. In fact, Krafton recently announced that it banned nearly 100,000 accounts almost a week. The developer notes that 99,583 accounts were permanently banned in the period between December 13 and December 19. This was most evident in the period between October 1 and November 10 when the developers claimed to have banned 2,519,692 accounts. At the time, Krafton noted that it was taking four steps to try and curb cheating and will be doubling down on the same. This included the introduction of stronger cheat detection and banning mechanisms. It also stated that while initially, it used to hand out temporary bans for first-time offenders, it will now issue permabans. Further, the developers will now manually verify and ban any account that is used to promote illegal programs among high-rankers in real-time. Finally, it will be working with YouTube to block channels that promote the use of illegal programs.