Stream sniping is still against the rules.
Following PUBG streamers and honking car horns at them in-game has never been treated as a bannable offense, according to creative director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene.
“A lot of our Steam reviews say ‘don’t buy this game because they ban people for honking at streamers,'” Greene said. “We’ve never banned anyone for honking at a streamer.”
‘Stream honking’ surfaced as a popular method to annoy PUBG streamers several months ago. But while some players have been banned for ‘stream sniping,’ repeatedly hopping between lobbies with the intent to kill or harass specific streamers by using their live stream as a cheat sheet, Greene insists the honking itself has never resulted in a player being banned.
I’m honestly bemused as to how people could think that and just go and abandon the game.
Nevertheless, allegedly unwarranted bans have become a heated issue among the PUBG community. However, Greene attributes the bulk of the controversy to the broader trend of some players “wanting people to fail.”
“I think you get that in general on the Internet,” he said. “I think we did so well for so long that people were kind of waiting for us to do something wrong so they could b****. I’m honestly bemused as to how people could think that and just go and abandon the game.”
Greene said he’s accustomed to harsh feedback, but worries about its impact on other developers and the morale of the PUBG Corp. team as a whole.
“I was talking with a producer from another big Early Access title and he was saying it’s not him that gets affected, it’s the team,” Greene said. “The team reads these comments about games and stuff and that gets them demoralized. For me, I don’t know why this exists, why people seem to want to see people fail. But it does exist, and it’s sad it does.”
With PUBG slated to come to Xbox One this December and its player base already topping 18 million, Greene says PUBG Corp. will focus on better communicating with players going forward. Greene also told us that he personally doesn’t want PUBG to win a Game of the Year award.
Austin Wood is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.