As much as I enjoy PUBG, my playing time has steadily decreased due to the sheer amount of cheaters I’ve run into. My most recent was being headshot from a distance that the person couldn’t even see me. With a Kar98 and no scope. I haven’t fired up the game in three weeks now. So when PUBG Corp came out recently and stated they had a plan to help curve the number of cheaters, I was all ears. So, what’s their plan? Well, sadly, it’s to disable the ability to share PUBG vi Steam’s Family Sharing.

I say, sadly, as this means that if you previously logged into PUBG on someone else’s Steam account, using Family Sharing. That will be a thing of the past. Granted I don’t know many people that had been doing it, but for those who did, it’s going away. This combined with the in-game reporting and file tempering detection is how PUBG Corp plans to keep the game save for non-cheating players.

Dohyung Lee, the Head of Service Management & Anti-Cheat for PUBG Corp, had this to save about the change.

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. 

We would like to sincerely thank all players who have always played fair, respected other players, and enjoyed PUBG as part of a healthy community. We will do our utmost to minimize the exposure of players who play fair to those who don’t. We ask for your understanding and active feedback so that we can create an enjoyable environment for PUBG together.

This update will go into effect on the live PUBG servers, next week. It’s currently in testing now on the test servers.

Hopefully, this does make a dent in the number of cheaters. Especially for the benefit of those that don’t cheat. If this doesn’t, it may be time for PUBG to implement something they have been campaigning against – geo-location blocking. I hate to be that guy, however, it’s been stated that the location with the largest amount of cheaters and providers of those cheat has been China. That’s not to say there aren’t any non-cheaters over there because I know there are.

But in the end, if the rampant cheating doesn’t stop, PUBG Corp will have to do something to protect its IP. That or watch it fail out of favor with the community, and I doubt they want this. We’ll see how this next attempt to stop the cheating fares when it’s rolled out. 

See the entire announcement here.