Michael Grzesiek, better known as “Shroud,” is PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds‘ most popular streamer next to Dr. Disrespect, even getting his own line of weapon skins in the game. But he won’t be playing PUBG for a month thanks to a temporary ban involving an incident with a hacker.
Shroud and another streamer known as Wadu (known for only saying “wadu” on stream) recently encountered a hacker in game and teamed up with him. The hacker was using a cheat that let him fly in car, as well as wall-hacking cheats that let him see where other players were hiding.
“It really goes to show that [developer] PUBG [Corp.]—full offense to you guys—don’t give a s—, because that guy should have been banned immediately,” Shroud said after the match, explaining that he ran into the same hacker three times and the player was still not banned.
In response to playing with a hacker, PUBG banned Shroud for a month. He found this after logging into PUBG and being kicked out of the game in the middle of a match. It’s unclear if the hacker he was playing with was also banned following the stream.
After receiving the ban, Shroud apologized to his fans on stream for playing with a hacker, even if it was all in good fun.
PUBG banning streamers is nothing new, having banned Dr. Disrespect a while back for team-killing on stream. But the bigger issue here, as Shroud pointed out above, is that developer PUBG Corp. is still not doing enough to curb hacks. It’s an especially big deal because the higher you rank in a PUBG match, the more points you earn towards buying crates, which can be sold for real money. Essentially, cheating not only ruins the game for fair-minded players, but it also literally robs the game of value. It’s been such a big issue that Chinese publisher Tencent actually had cheaters arrested en masse.
Showing tough love against a popular streamer might have been the right thing to do, but it doesn’t change the fact that some players still feel like PUBG Corp. is spending too much time trying to make more money from them with the recently introduced Event Pass, let alone suing Fortnite developer Epic, instead of actually fixing the darn game.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available on PC and Xbox One.