The US has more millionaires than not only any other country in the world, but more than the next dozen or so combined. The US and Asia are pretty close in terms of billionaires, but that is a very small group of people (just over 1000), while the number of millionaires is… in the millions.
Yet if you play any mobile game online, the odds are pretty good that when you run across a whale, they will be Asian (basing this on player name, but I doubt many US-based players are using Asian names). Why is that? Again, the number of people with enough money to whale-out in a game and have it not really matter (spending 10k matters as much to someone with millions as spending $5 does to someone earning 40k) is higher in the US, so why isn’t that reflected online?
Maybe it’s a new money vs old money thing, where people with new money are more likely to spend it foolishly. Or maybe it’s just a culture thing, where people from Asia are more likely to whale-out compared to someone in the US/EU. I honestly don’t know, but maybe someone with more experience with that region (Az?) might be able to chime in.
Somewhat related to the above, right now PUBG is still experiencing a wave of hackers (mostly in solo TPP, which honestly a lot of people don’t care about, but still), at least as it relates to the pointless leaderboard, and those accounts also come from Asia. There has been a push on Reddit for PUBG to be region-locked, and while that wouldn’t completely fix the problem (it’s not that difficult to get around a region lock), it would keep the most amateur of hackers out, which is what a lot of these accounts are as they are simply buying and using a popular hacking program.
The more work you require someone to do before they can successfully hack and disrupt your game, the lower the overall number of people who will do it, and in turn the lower the impact the hackers have. If I see one hacker in 100 games, I honestly don’t care. If I see one in every 5 games, that’s a problem. Right now my own experience is far closer to the one in 100, but again I don’t play PUBG alone in TPP, so maybe just for that one game mode the issue is as bad as Reddit makes it out to be (not likely).