Chinese net café patrons are taking a no-nonsense approach to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds cheaters. A couple of recently-uploaded videos show some players even resorting to violence to express their anti-cheater sentiments.
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The videos (which contain physical violence), can be found here and here, were uploaded to Chinese social network Baidu. They both feature players being caught cheating (one is using a speed hack, which allows players to move around the map extremely fast, while another seems to be accused of using wallhacks), before swiftly finding themselves on the receiving end of physical and verbal abuse.
In part, the extreme responses from the PUBG Police, as I have cleverly named these virtual vigilantes, stem from frustration that their games are being ruined by people who are willing to cheat. But the first clip in particular suggests that many players feel that these cheaters are giving Chinese gamers, and China in general, a bad name. While physical violence isn’t the answer, it might help to explain why the people in the videos reacted so strongly.