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Falsely banned PUBG players get compensation

Those caught in the crackdown on cheating were offered in-game currency and an apology

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Players falsely banned from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in mid-June will be compensated with in-game currency, the developers at PUBG Corp. announced on Wednesday, calling it an unfortunate mistake in their efforts to police cheating in the game.

How many players were banned? Unknown. PUBG Corp. simply said “a number of players were improperly banned and were unable to access the game for a period of time.” They were banned by the game’s internal cheat detection logic.

The bannings occurred sometime during or shortly after a two-hour period on June 16, and the players were banned by “internal ban detection logic.”

“One of our highest priorities is working towards eliminating hackers and cheaters from PUBG,” PUBG Corp. wrote on the game’s Steam blog. “We apologize for anyone who missed out on game time due to this error and hope that this compensation helps make up for that lost time.”

The affected players will be getting 20,000 Battle Points, the in-game currency which can be redeemed for crates of cosmetic items.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has, as many popular multiplayer games do, problems with cheating, hacking and other activities either violating the terms of use or corrupting the game experience for others.

Efforts to thwart them have not always gone well for fair players; an update to anti-cheat measures back in March crashed the game and required a patch to be rolled back. In early May, item trading among players was suspended because some were selling them through third-party sites, which PUBG Corp. called an abuse of the system.

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