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PUBG Disabling Family Sharing As Part Of Efforts To Curb Cheating

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PUBG, being the biggest game on Steam right now, has a cheating problem. Developers PUBG Corp. (part of Bluehole) are trying their best to curb such issues and has presented an outline of what will changes will be done in the future to solve the influx of cheaters.

One such measures is disabling family sharing.

“We had allowed this feature so that the account holders who own PUBG can use their character with other Steam accounts if they wanted to,” said Dohyung Lee, Head of Service Management & Anti-Cheat in a lengthy Steam update post. “However, we have decided to deactivate this feature because we have identified a number of vulnerabilities that are being exploited.”

Steam allows sharing games between accounts, so that family members in the same household can share purchases. It also presented a loophole for cheaters- buy the game, and make burner accounts to use cheats with. If that account gets banned, make a new burner account while still keeping the copy from the untainted main account.

“Please understand that we are introducing this measure to fight abuse and ensure a fair environment, ” he added.

It’s not an unprecedented move. CS:GO, another esports-driven game that also attracted pesky cheaters, has disabled family sharing for the very same reason.

The whole post explained other measures to curb PUBG’s cheating issues, such as disabling game access should players tempered with the files (so you cannot just delete the map you don’t want to play in anymore), in-game report functions and usage of new anti-cheat solutions.