PUBG Corp. has brought the banner hammer down on 12 pro players, after an investigation found that they had either cheated or were aware that their teammates had cheated.

The bannings come following 'a global investigation on all the currently active professional PUBG players to uncover any potential in-game bans related to the use of unauthorized programs on their accounts.'

Of the 12 banned, four were suspended for two years after cheating during a public match, while six players were slapped with a three-year ban for cheating in competitive play. The last two didn't cheat themselves, but were suspended for three years 'on the grounds that they were fully knowledgeable about their teammates’ using an unauthorized program during PEL Qualifiers.'

Prior to this, PUBG Corp. had banned users Cuhris, Liammm, DevowR, and Tefl0n on December 31.

'We believe that condoning the cheating activities of teammates to share the common benefit should be as severely punished as performing the activities itself,' the developer commented.

'In the future, before any official esports competition, all participating players will go through a comprehensive background check on all their accounts, and any player with incriminating evidence of having used an unauthorized program will be suspended and prevented from competing.'

PUBG is available on PS4, PC, mobile, and Xbox One.

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