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PUBG is releasing a free-to-play version of the game

Published: 24/Jan/2019 17:04 Updated: 24/Jan/2019 17:09

by Matt Porter

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the most popular battle royale games of all time, and now players will have a chance to try the game without paying thanks to the new free-to-play beta, PUBG Lite.

PUBG Corp officially announced the new beta version of the game on Thursday, January 24th, stating that they wanted PUBG available to people “who were previously unable to access the game due to the specification requirements.”

PUBG Lite came into existence as part of the developer’s goal to make PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds more accessible for everyone, especially for those who own computers that are unable to run the full version of the game.

PUBGVikendi will be added to PUBG Lite in a future update.

The free-to-play version of the game has been under development for some time, with closed tests running in Southeast Asia since October 2018 as the company perfected PUBG Lite.

PUBG Lite’s beta only features one map at launch, the classic Erangel, but PUBG Corp have stated that they will be supporting the free-to-play edition of the game in future, promising additional game modes will be added in the future, alongside popular snow map Vikendi.

The developers have also released the minimum and recommended computer specifications for PUBG Lite, which you can view below.

Minimum and recommended specs for PUBG Lite.

While PUBG Corp hope that the new version of the game will attract those who would like to play but don’t have the hardware to do so, it’s likely that they are also aiming at players who haven’t purchased the game but would like to give it a shot before spending their hard earned cash.

With PUBG available on a number of other platforms such as Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on mobile devices, it makes sense that PUBG would like to offer a free version in an attempt to hook players to the battle royale title.

The beta was originally released in Thailand, but PUBG Corp have confirmed that it will be released in more countries in the near future.

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Blatant PUBG cheater gets banned by a dev live on Twitch

Published: 22/Nov/2020 0:33

by Alan Bernal

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A known cheater in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds managed to get hit by the banhammer while he was streaming live on Twitch, creating a wave of cheers among community members.

The Twitch account under question goes by the name of ‘vesprine,’ but the player himself is widely known in PUBG lobbies and online communities for perpetually making new accounts just to use cheats.

“He keeps resurfacing. Same guy over and over. He tries to join Plausible and gets insta-banned,” Reddit user ‘The-Basic-Bro’ said. “He needs a hardware ban at this point. He legitimately cheats non-stop… He has joined looking for squad groups on Reddit and the last two times I have called him out and disgraced him and had him banned.”

While some players want to see more stringent action taken against the player, PUBG Community Manager who goes by ‘Hawkinz’ did his part to stymie the cheater’s effect on the game.

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PUBG has come a long way since its launch, but hackers have still been a major problem.

During one of his streams, the player had resurfaced to show off more PUBG gameplay supplemented by the use of in-game hacks.

In the middle of his broadcast, he got a notification in PUBG that read: “Restricted Account – Your session will be terminated due to use of hacks.” Though not much has survived the Twitch account since he was banned, a screengrab by user ‘701dirty’ immortalized Hawkinz’s incredible response as the moment played out.

According to 701Dirty, the ban happened shortly after over a hundred people clipped and reported the streamer while he was playing.

“A few hours later over 100 people clipping and (saying) they got one of his accounts,” 701Dirty wrote. “I saw him have two accounts banned after matches and he tried logging into several already banned accounts… crazy.”

Cheater banned in real time from PUBATTLEGROUNDS

Since its launch, PUBG’s servers have been swarming with hackers that have put a damper on the once-dominant battle royale.

The developers have issued multiple ban waves since the game’s launch in 2017, but are still combating the prevalence of cheaters years later.

Unfortunately, unless more meaningful action against PUBG’s hackers is taken, players like vesprine are going to continue to ruin matches, get banned, then reappear under another name.