The Playerunknown's Battlegrounds community learned that even popular livestreamers have to follow the rules after one was banned this week for playing with a hacker. Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek was given a one-month ban from the game after he took advantage of hacks during his broadcast. It's not unusual for famous livestreamers or Youtube stars to be given a different set of rules, so Shroud's ban comes as a pleasant surprise to many PUBG players.
Shroud's session with the hacker was spread by PUBG fans in the form of clips. In the footage, he watches as the hacker makes a car take off into the sky. Then they fly around for a while, with Shroud clearly having a blast. Things get sketchy when they land the car on a building and eliminate an enemy player inside. Shroud seems to know exactly where the player is hiding thanks to his hacker friend. The hacker tries to take advantage of the opportunity to advertise the cheats they sell, but Shroud quickly shushes them.
It seems like a pretty cut and dry case, but PUBG players were concerned that Shroud would get away with it due to his popularity. With his three million followers, he's earned recognition by both the community and sites like Kotaku as one of the public faces of the game. He even got official weapon skins named after him.
His status, however, couldn't save him from the very blatant evidence. The Kotaku article on the ban recounts the very moment it goes into effect. It actually happens on stream. After explaining it to his viewers, he attempts to play a match of PUBG. He only makes it about halfway through before the game boots him. With no other choice, his stream becomes a Rainbow Six: Siege stream.
“I was trying to have a good time,” Grzesiek said to his viewers. “It seemed like a great idea, but it wasn’t a great idea. I’m sorry to those peeps who are real upset with me, with all the, y’know, flying around with the cheater and such…”
PUBG Corporation gave a very cut-and-paste statement on the matter, saying that it doesn't discuss individual player penalties. The game's designer, Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene, had a much more frank take. “In my house, you follow the rules or you GTFO.”
It's nice to know those rules do indeed apply to everyone.