The freedom to manually access and edit the local configuration files of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) continues to plague the community. While most are only interested in tweaking the settings for better frame-rates and performance outputs, there are some that take this task to another degree by gaining an unfair advantage in the game.
The video below shows what can be managed by simply executing a few commands in the .ini file of the game. Important assets such as vegetation, foliage, trees, fences, obstacles and other obstructions can be removed from the field of view to a certain range. This gives such players an immense tactical advantage since they are able to clearly see opponents that, for all we know, were hiding in the grass.
It was last month when the developer updated its official rules of conduct to sternly state that any form of manual editing of the local files would result in a permanent ban. However, the warning has so far yet to yield any results. Players continue to play around with the .ini file without any bans whatsoever.
Developers usually tend to either restrict players from accessing the local files or make it so that the master server is able to detect changes to the default configuration. PUBG has neither of these two safeguards. League of Legends, for example, will revert to its default state upon connection if the player has adjusted settings not allowed by the developer.
It is possible that PUBG Corp. plans to address the problem once it is done with the upcoming full launch on Steam at the end of the year. In the mean time, if you are taken out with a precise headshot while lying still deep within foliage, remember to ask them about their configuration files.