The team behind PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has announced players will no longer have access to the personal trades feature—for now.
In a recent blog post on Steam, PUBG Corp. revealed it has temporarily disabled players’ ability to trade personal items with one another. According to the developer, the feature was intended to “allow friends to trade item without any costs attached.” However, many players of the shooter have used the trading system to sell in-game items for real-world money.
The statement from PUBG Corp. can be seen below.
Recently, though, we’ve seen a few cases of players using the personal trade function to sell items using third-party sites. This is essentially an abuse of the system. To prevent this, we’re temporarily turning off personal trades while we search for a better solution.
The developer did confirm personal trades will return “once we figure out a way to prevent abuse.” Until then, players will still have access to trading, though. While the personal trade feature was used to trade items freely, the market trade system lets players sell items through the Steam marketplace.
While this is a new action for PUBG, other games on Steam have been battling the problems with resellers for quite some time. Valve recently announced all items traded in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive through Steam will take seven days to process. The company made the decision after several cases of fraud arose due to third-party trades.
The pull of personal trades was another recent decision made by PUBG Corp. to curb cheating and manipulation of in-game systems. In February, the developer announced Steam’s family sharing feature would be disabled to cut off any possibilities of cheating.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available for Xbox One and PC.
Source: PC Gamer