PUBG Mobile has been taking drastic steps to spot cheaters in the game. Players using third-party applications have been awarded bans, and timely reports have been updated. However, when it happens at a competitive stage, players start questioning the integrity of official tournaments. This time around, PUBG Mobile Esports has banned 7 teams and two individual players for using third-party applications and using different identifications.
The initial statement by PUBG Esports read, “In our regular investigation to fight cheaters and provide fair competition in our official tournaments, players in the following teams were found to be using prohibited third-party software. As this is a clear violation of our code of conduct, the teams have been disqualified from the tournament. The teams will not be replaced, and the PMCO will continue as planned with the remaining teams.”
A total of four teams were initially banned, and three more were banned in the due process of screening.
- DarkKnock – Europe Wildcard
- TeamMvrk – North America
- KURD MAN – United Kingdom
- FLBV – Turkey
The Liquipedia Editor, Memphiz posted updates regarding two teams from PMCO Pakistan and one team from UAE who faced the same fate.
Team Shurta from PMCO UAE and Lost Esports and KodXrog from PMCO Pakistan have been banned. The teams from the Pakistan region were disqualified for various reason, it only means that rosters and its players will not be allowed to take part in the official tournaments anymore.
Players named Razor and Haadi have also been awarded a one year ban for “Playing PMCO from UAE and Pakistan with different identification documents, and have also been disqualified from both the PMCOs.”
Players in PMCO have had a notorious reputation for using third-party applications to gain an advantage at such a stage, a huge prize pool has always been up for grabs, and maintaining that consistency is important. It could also be that many succumb to the pressure they are faced with while representing their country, but resorting to third-party applications only tarnishes the reputation of the country and the players.