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PUBG won’t region lock China, but new ping limits might prevent cross-region matchmaking

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still the most popular game on Steam, by an inescapable margin, and much of that success comes from the game’s immense popularity in China. PUBG offers servers across several regions, but there’s no lock preventing players in one region from swapping to another at any time. That’s served as a significant point of contention among players for some time now.

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Today, PUBG creator Brendan Greene reminded the world that they’re working on a system to separate users based on large ping differences. That’s a small announcement on its own, but in a roundabout way it addresses one of the loudest complaints coming from the community.

According to PUBG’s anti-cheat service of choice, BattleEye, the “vast majority” of the game’s cheaters are coming from China, and anecdotes from the game’s millions-strong playerbase see plenty of examples of the same. Official communication from PUBG Corp - including a recent apology over a BP currency error - are often followed by thousands of comments saying some variation of “region lock China.” Disappointingly but not unexpectedly, there’s a fair share of racism and xenophobia among those calls.

But Greene doesn’t see a region lock as a valid solution. “I don’t think that’s a good idea at all,” Greene told Kotaku in December. “Yes, the majority of cheats come out of China, but that doesn’t mean all Chinese players are cheaters. This idea that just because you’ve got a few bad eggs, you’ve gotta ban a whole country is a bit reactive.”

It’s not just the cheating that has players antsy, though. The proliferation of Chinese players across other regional servers has meant non-Chinese speaking players in random duos and squad games never know if they’ll be able to communicate with their teammates. Geographic distances also mean ping times often aren’t as consistent as they should be.

The system Greene mentioned development of today would essentially serve as a soft region lock. The wording of the original message even says “players with a high ping difference from average ping range for the region or players connecting over long distance will not be able to connect to a match.” It’s not quite the #RegionLockChina that’s been tossed around, but it could serve to make the issues behind that rallying cry far less significant.

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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6 Months ago

Good lord this can't come soon enough. This is precisely why I stopped playing. I just couldn't reasonably convince myself to invest hours of play into this game while asinine things like this could occur.

Keep their shitty pings out of my games, as well as their cheats.

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B0GiE-uk- Avatar
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6 Months ago

Every game I played last week had hackers..... have stopped playing now. Will come back when something is done about the state of the game.

#broken #unplayable #notgoodenoughbluehole

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WhiteCrow Avatar
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6 Months ago

They have more money than they know what to do with now. You see it time and time again with smash hits like this. They should be able to support a sizable development team now to increase development cycle speed, as well as up the quality of released content and fixes.

Has that happened? No. Will it? No. If it does, it would be a first.

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Midgetsaur Avatar
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6 Months ago

Then don't region lock them... create a new 2nd NA Server, and limit it to NA. That way those that want to play with the cheating C can.

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The Jonin Cactuar Avatar
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6 Months ago

i don't get why brendan decided to use battleeye in the first place. i'm sure he's used to it because of him modding arma and stuff, but then he should also know how rife those games are with cheaters. battleeye just fucking sucks as an anticheat system

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Damodar626 Avatar
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5 Months ago

Make a second NA server and region lock it problem solved

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Torappu Hanshu Avatar
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4 Months ago

Seeing that I'm stationed in Japan, my u.s buddies no longer want to play with me due to me being locked in the japan/china region. So i can no longer play on the u.s servers with them >.>

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zdx Avatar
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3 Months ago

They need to hard ping lock the servers. Region lock will do nothing the Chinese already set up VPNs as we saw after the 8 man event. Hard ping lock them off NA servers! Bluehole secretly patched in a soft region lock same time as 8 man event patch but all it did was match Chinese players with Chinese players that qued for NA. It was 2 days with no cheaters for US based players. It was the most fun I had playing this game since release. Unfortunately the Chinese found out quickly and all got VPNs and within 2-3 days all the Chinese cheaters were back ruining the game once again.

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PrarieDOGG Avatar
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5 Months ago

"Disappointingly but not unexpectedly, there’s a fair share of racism and xenophobia among those calls." Can you virtue signal any harder? Obviously you don't play the game, or this thought would not have even entered your mind...

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Derk Avatar
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4 Months ago

I do think Pubg should be region locked. But the incessant racism and xenophobia is happening. That's not virtue signaling - its a fact.

Biggest problem with Pubg in China is the game is being licensed to internet cafés. The account gets banned and the café gets sent another account for free.

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taisenwulf Avatar
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5 Months ago

my two cents on this:

- Bluehole won't invest on region lock. why? report a player, gets ban, buys the game again. its money oriented. the more chinese players the more they get paid seeing they cheat, they get ban, they buy the game again. endless cycle.

ugly ugly cycle

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Balbonious Avatar
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5 Months ago

Asian players DO NOT BUY THE GAME. They use PC bangs (internet cafes for PC gaming) and the café is licensed by Valve to allow games to be played on their computers. The individual players need their own steam account, but once the get banned they get a new free email and a new free steam account and continue cheating again without paying a penny for the game.

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