Have you been Family Sharing your Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) account with a sibling, friend, or just another Steam account? Say goodbye to it, because in a bid to reduce cheating, the Steam sharing system is being disabled.
In an announcement earlier this week (do yourself a favour and avoid the comments), Dohyung Lee, Head of Service Management & Anti-Cheat outlined the plan to help fix cheating within PUBG at the source: from the users computer. The update will have a number of anti cheating measures.
After the roll out of the patch next week, the following changes will occur:
- File tampering – If players modify the game files, it may block your access to the game, especially if files are deleted.
- In-Game report function – A new and improved report system is being worked on to help identify cheaters.
- Helper programs – Helper programs will be disabled. This includes graphic updates or anything that aids gameplay at all. Some programs unrelated to this may be blocked if they behave like cheats.
- Family Library Sharing – Will be disabled.
Lee explains further:
“We have an announcement for those of you using family sharing on Steam. 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. However, we have decided to deactivate this feature because we have identified a number of vulnerabilities that are being exploited. Please understand that we are introducing this measure to fight abuse and ensure a fair environment. ”
Lee also hints that these are nowhere near the last changes to prevent cheating:
“The internally developed anti-cheat solution is planned to be upgraded steadily after the first implementation next week. As mentioned earlier, the eradication of cheat programs will not end with a few attempts and actions. In addition to the systems currently in development and already implemented, we are looking into a more effective system, and we will actively introduce any solutions that were confirmed to be reliable and accurate. We will continue taking firm measures against the developers, distributors and users of cheats. We promise you that we will do our best every day in our battle for a fair game environment.”
These changes will go live sometime in the next week in the full game.