Bluehole has seemingly changed its stance over the manual editing of game files located inside the local folder of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
A recent post on Reddit points out that the developer previously “recommended” to not play around with the default configuration unless they are advanced users with sufficient knowledge. The official rules of conduct have now been slightly adjusted to sternly state that any form of manual editing for an unfair advantage will not be overlooked.
Do not cheat: do not use third party programs, macros, client-side hacks, edited game files or anything else that may give you an unfair advantage in the game.
The wording looks to be more attributed towards injecting third-party programs to enable hacks and cheats. However, community manager Andro Dars stated earlier today that any form of change to the .ini files will result in a permanent ban.
Changing game files for whatever reason can trigger a permanent ban.
— Andro Dars (FWG) (@PUBG_AndroDars) August 17, 2017
Many players from the active portion of the PUBG community enter servers daily with edited game files. This can range between minor and heavily edited configurations that are never intended for any naughty business.
Many games feature settings that are unavailable in-game but can be accessed from outside. This mostly pertains to visual aspects or tweaking the user interface for a more tailored user experience. Bluehole should make an official announcement of where it stands on the issue. It would be unfortunate if legitimate players suddenly found themselves being permanently banned just because they changed a value in the game files.
Elsewhere, the anti-cheat system of PUBG has taken care of more than 15,000 cheaters since the game entered early access in late March.