PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has a long and stern history when it comes to combating cheats and hacks. Ever since the game entered early access on Steam, there have been troubling reports about players — mainly from China — ruining the experience. Hence, why this latest update is so ironic.
According to a new report from PCPowerPlay this week, technological corporation Dell was caught promoting the use of third-party plugins (cheating software) in the game during a product launch event in China. The entire setup was in a bid to demonstrate just how powerful the new laptops are from Dell and how smoothly they can run your favorite cheats to guarantee ownage.
The situation became even more bizarre when the Dell spokesperson backed the claims by using cheats on the same laptops in a live PUBG session for the present audience.
“Sally [Dell] told us that gamers should buy a Dell because they’re better at running many plugins,” said the shocked onlooker.
Following the revelation, another official spokesperson from Dell has stepped forward to quell the storm.
“Dell is fully committed to supporting fair play in online gaming,” reads a statement from the company. “We do not encourage nor endorse any behavior that undermines fair gaming practices. Dell has a strong track record in partnering with gaming teams, aiming at providing world-class gamers with the ultimate experience. In an attempt to communicate the power of the new Dell G Series, inappropriate modification examples were used in Dell’s product launch event in China last week. This does not reflect our global gaming culture or strategy. We condemn any modifications misused in gaming.”
It does appear that Dell slipped here in a bad way. You can expect it to be more vigilant for future product lineups in China.