About 16 pros and 30,000 players banned from battle royale game PUBG for using “unauthorized third-party software.”
Back on December 19, 2018, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) Esports Team conducted an investigation to see if any professional players were using “unauthorized programs” to cheat. It looks like a whole lot of them did.
On December 31, 2018, it was announced that four North American players, along with 30,000 other players, received bans for using said programs during public matches and NPL Online Qualifiers. It turns out that wasn’t all of them. Ten PUBG pros have been suspended for using the hack.
So, what was this unauthorized program these pro players were using? It’s essentially a radar hack that allows you to see your opponent’s location. In a game that involves some sneaky strategery, you could see how this could be both useful for the user and completely unfair for the one it is being used on.
Out of the ten players, it was found that six of them used the radar hack in professional games, as well as public games; these players received a three-year suspension. Four of those players only used the program during public games and were issued a two-year suspension.
Additionally, two players from Sans domicile fixe, a European PUBG team, have been suspended for three years for knowing their teammates were using the hack but not using it themselves. “We believe that condoning the cheating activities of teammates to share the common benefit should be as severely punished as performing the activities itself,” stated the PUBG Esports Team in a post proving that cheating in pro-level competition will not be tolerated.
As such, Sans domicile fixe have lost its Contenders League spot. The organization will be allowed to compete in future events, albeit with a totally new roster. Other teams like Red Diamonds and Pittsburgh Knights will retain their spot if they replace the player that was caught cheating. Due to this, Contenders League Qualifiers were postponed a week.
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