PUBG bans four esports pros three years for cheating

Four players used third-party software to get a leg up in the NPL PUBG qualifiers and have been banned. A future offense could lead to a lifetime ban.


Cheating has been a constant blight on PUBG and the development team has continuously taken steps of varying levels of intensity to fix the problem. When it comes to cheating in official competitions, PUBG Corp is swinging the banhammer with maximum potency.  After a full investigation, Christian "Cuhris" Narvaez, Liam "Liammm" Tran, Tyler "DevowR" Sti, and Mark "Tefl0n" Formaro have been for three years.

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"Per the results of our investigation, Cuhris, Liammm, DevowR, and Tefl0n will be banned from all official esports competitions for three years beginning on December 31st, 2018. All four players and their respective NPL teams have been disqualified from the NPL Preseason and will be replaced by the next four teams on the overall standings from the NPL Online Qualifiers Round 3 which took [place] between December 15th - 16th, 2018."

The statement above is taken from a post on the official PUBG Esports Twitter account and goes on to confirm that this severe punishment will serve as the standard going forward. Players banned in-game due to the use of unauthorized programs during professional PUBG esports competitions will be banned from competitive play for at least three years. The maximum punishment is a lifetime ban and the sentences will be dished out starting on the date of an investigation's completion.

The four players were found guilty, specifically, of using unauthorized third-party software during public matches and the NPL Online Qualifiers. Three years to a permaban should be enough of a deterrent for those considering using third-party services to cheat, but the team will be releasing the complete guidelines for a global penalty system at a later date. Regarding NPL, eUnited jumped from #13 to #1 in the third day of preseason play but there are still a handful of teams that have more matches to play.

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    January 10, 2019 8:15 AM

    Charles Singletary Jr posted a new article, PUBG bans four esports pros three years for cheating

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      January 10, 2019 9:03 AM

      Curious what they used and how they managed to hide it in an e-sports setting.

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        January 10, 2019 9:39 AM

        I don’t think it was at a LAN, was probably found by people watching their patterns in spectator mode.

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          January 10, 2019 10:23 AM

          For pubg, I would assume that they used a USB key with portable AHK no-recoil scripts. Maybe something for audio compression as well.

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            January 10, 2019 10:33 AM

            Explain the audio compression thing. What does it do?

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              January 10, 2019 10:39 AM

              Audio compression makes quiet things much louder, I'd guess to help with locating people

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                January 10, 2019 12:23 PM

                Yup. This is it in a nutshell.

                If you ever see a streamer that preternaturally knows where to aim, this is how they know.

                Other people just crank up the volume without running compression software, but vehicle/plane/gunshot sounds will damage your ears in the long-term.

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            January 10, 2019 2:45 PM

            There was an issue a while back with competitors bringing in Mice and Keyboards that had scripts loaded on them.

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