PUBG bans a Twitch streamer for taking advantage of a glitch

By Sherif Saed
11 August 2017 09:37 GMT

If developers of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds catch you breaking the rules, you’re going to get banned, regardless of who you are.

After banning popular streamer Dr. Disrespect last month for team killing, the developers have now banned another big streamer for taking advantage of a glitch.

The streamer in question is Destiny (via Kotaku), and the glitch he took advantage of is something that happens to a lot of players. Basically, sometimes, due to a bug, the game would not render houses and other buildings for a player.

When this happens, the player in question is able to see everyone hiding in every building they pass by. What’s more, they’re able to shoot them – or in Destiny’s case, run them over, without their opponents being able to do anything about it. When this happened to Destiny, he drove through these invisible buildings and got a few kills.

As you can see, this happened on stream. Shortly after, his account was banned, as he jokingly said would happen.

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Like the Dr. Disrespect ban, this one too made many in the game’s community very angry. For one, this glitch is common enough that many felt taking advantage of it shouldn’t get you banned. Those against the ban argue that Destiny didn’t actively cause the glitch to happen, so he isn’t at fault.

There’s also the fact that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is still in beta, and highlighting broken aspects of the game should, in theory, be fair game for those who come upon them. Many Reddit users pointed out that banning for similar exploits discourages people from making exploits and glitches public, which doesn’t contribute to a better game.

However, the game’s code of conduct clearly states that taking advantage of glitches and bugs will get you banned. It’s also possible the developers decided to make an example of Destiny and other streamers who have thousands of followers to make others think twice before utilising the same glitches.

In both cases, the ban appears to have be temporary. We’ve yet to see a Twitch streamer get a permanent ban, though these are likely saved for the most egregious offences.

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