Bluehole Updates Terms on Editing Config Files

A lot of players have been editing .ini config files so that they can change settings that are not listed in the in game settings menu. Some of the settings players have been editing is the hold to ads, graphics settings, and custom render distances. Previously the terms allowed that, and players were free to edit what they wanted. However, with the new updates terms, a lot of the players are skeptical to make any changes. Here are the statements from Bluehole / PlayerUknown’s Battlegrounds:

Previous Terms:

We don’t recommend users to alter their default game configuration .ini files or launch options. If advanced users wish to do so, we cannot guarantee the game will work as intended and are unable to provide support related to any changes to these files.

New Terms:

No, editing any game files to gain an unfair advantage is against the Rules of Conduct. This includes changing any game configuration files to result in changes that cannot be made via the in-game settings menu.

Andro Dars (FWG, Community Manager) responded to the update saying:

Hello everyone. My name is Andro Dars, I’m the Community Manager for PUBG and I wanted to offer clarifications regarding some of your concerns expressed here.

The reason we changed the wording of the FAQ entry described in the OP, is because we think the new wording does a better job at letting you know what we expect from you and helps you know what to expect from us.

We are not out to ban you, or your friends. This is not our job. We don’t like banning our players and only use it as a last resort. The job of the PUBG Community Team is to make sure that the largest possible amount of our players are enjoying themselves, respecting other players and playing fair.

Fair play is crucial when it comes to how we look at players editing the game files. Gaining any kind of unfair advantage in PUBG is against our Rules of Conduct.

We want you to know that we constantly evaluate and review our policies to keep up with our rapidly growing game and provide the best experience for our users. Having said that, this far, the only group of people who have been banned for changing game files are those who have removed textures from the game. I sincerely hope that you all agree that removing grass, trees, buildings, etc. from the game is cheating. Cheaters get a permanent ban in our game. It is extremely rare for someone to get a permanent ban if they are not cheating. Their transgressions would have to be quite extraordinary. Those who have received a permanent ban for non-cheating offences are very few and very, VERY, far between.

While we’re on the subject, I want to reiterate that, contrary to what you may have heard online, we’ve never banned anyone for honking a horn, using Reshade, or any other strange reason. I know a lot of you are concerned about our policy of banning stream snipers and I want to reassure you that we don’t take this policy lightly. We simply don’t ban anyone for anything without conclusive evidence. This very much applies to stream sniping.

We’re always trying to find the best solutions for creating a fair environment for everyone. Our job is to uphold fun, respect for others and fair play. Please keep this in mind next time you hear that someone got banned for sneezing while playing PUBG or wearing tube socks with flip flops.

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