PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has seen tremendous success and a meteoric rise in popularity on Steam. With such popularity comes a massive player base. As per internet tradition, there are always some bad apples, but the developer won’t stand for toxic behaviour we know so well in online gaming. The game’s enormous update was released today and with it, a new icon on the game’s home screen, pointing toward the Rules of Conduct.
The developer has laid down the law of the Battle Royal lands that is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, taking on racism, sexism, harassment and much more. There are 14 rules in the game’s Rules of Conduct. The developer notes that these rules might change from time to time.
For those who are thinking of claiming ignorance of the rules, the developer clearly states that ignorance does not excuse a violation of said rules. Violations of these rules “may result in a temporary suspension or a permanent ban”, which is an excellent move by the developer. The TL; DR version – “Play fair and respect other players”. Below, you can read the rules in full.
- “Do not use any discriminatory language, including but not limited to any language regarding ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, religion, sexual preference or personal beliefs.
- Do not use extremely foul language, including but not limited to excessive profanity or language that is graphically sexual, grotesque, or violent.
- Do not make threats of real-world violence or other intended harm to other players or our employees.
- Do not harass, stalk, or purposely do things to make someone else feel uncomfortable or threatened.
- Do not share personal information about yourself or other individuals.
- Do not engage in, request, arrange, or offer illegal activities or materials.
- Do not impersonate other individuals.
- Do not spam, be it in text or
- Do not cheat: do not use third party programs, macros, client-side hacks, edited game files or anything else that may give you an unfair advantage in the game. This includes promoting or posting links to websites that provide or promote cheats or hacks.
- Do not
team: teamingis defined as two or more players in the same match working together in a larger group than is intended for the selected game mode.
- Do not team kill: there is no excuse for non-accidental team kills. If your teammate is breaking these rules, report them to us instead.
- Do not stream snipe: this is a form of cheating and you will be banned if you do it.
- Do not exploit bugs or glitches: If you find a bug or a glitch in the game that provides an unfair advantage, let us know about it instead of using the exploit for your own benefit.
- Do not share your account: your account is for your use and your use alone.
- Do not grant access to your account to anyone else, and do not access anyone else's account, even with their permission.” – Source
Hopefully, these rules will deter some players from creating a toxic environment for others, as they could be permanently banned if they don’t behave accordingly. The developer goes on to explain that these rules are “neither final nor exhaustive” and that they “reserve the right to suspend disruptive users even if their behaviour doesn’t fall under any of the above rules directly.”
Basically, what the developer is saying is that you should be nice to others, play fairly and that they won’t tolerate
What do you think about the Rules of Conduct and the developer’s stance on toxic behaviour? Let us know in the comment section below.
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