Tencent Games, the world’s largest gaming company, has banned nearly 270,000 “League of Legends” (LOL) players in the past two months, the company announced on its Weibo official account this week.

Nearly half of the accounts banned from the popular multiplayer online video game were found to be “boosting,” a process in which a skillful user plays on other accounts to improve their rankings. Others were penalized for trolling and using illegal plugins to gain an unfair advantage.

Tencent aims to deter cheaters and the use of plugins that allows unfair gameplay. The company has been working with local law enforcement to crack down on criminal organizations involved in the development and distribution of cheating plugins for its hit game “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds” (PUBG). The investigation resulted in the arrests of some 30 suspects in November in the eastern province of Zhejiang.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.