PUBG Corp started a “a global investigation on all the currently active professional PUBG players to uncover any potential in-game bans related to the use of unauthorized programs on their accounts” on 19th December of 2018. The first ‘victims’ of this investigation were four professional players: Christian “Cuhris” Narvaez, Tyler “DevowR” Sti, Liam “Liammm” Tran, and Mark “Tefl0n” Formaro. These players are officially banned for three years, from December 31st, 2018 to December 31st, 2021, from participating in any competitive activities.
The PUBG Esports tweet warns all players that if they are found to be cheating in competitive games, they will get a similar ban, from a minimum of ‘three years’ to ‘a lifetime’.
12 more players have been added to this list of Cheaters. Some of these players have been banned on the basis of ‘cheating during public matches’ and will receive a 2-year suspension from all competitive activities. Several other players have been banned on the basis of ‘cheating during competitive matches’ and have received a three-year ban from all competition.
Two players in the list, however, did not cheat. They were banned because they were “fully knowledgeable about their teammates’ using an unauthorized program during PEL Qualifiers.” – PubG Esports says.
The list of players that were suspended for cheating in professional matches are:
The list of players that were suspended for cheating in public matches are:
The list of players that knowingly allowed their team-mates to cheat were:
- THZ – Knowingly allowed Houlow and sezk0 to cheat
- Fr_Steph – Knowingly allowed Houlow and sezk0 to cheat
All of ‘Sans Domicile Fixe’ team mates are now essentially banned from playing in competitive matches. This means that the eSports team will have to find new players right from the start. Though, we suspect that the eSports company will disband, considering they will forever be known as the company which allowed its players to cheat or hired players who cheated. We will let you know if Sans Domicile Fixe releases a statement regarding this issue.
In another news, PUBG Mobile also has competitive gameplay. It will be interesting to see if any of these professional players hop onto the mobile platform and start their career from scratch, if the game does allow. Its also a common practice for professional players to hop from one game to another similar game, in this case, Fortnite: Battle Royale. Wonder how Fortnite treats them, if they do drop, though.