Yep, you read it right. Using the car honks near a streamer is harassment. Killing streamers was already a bannable offense in PUBG, but it seems like just using the tool that was explicitly made by developers to make annoying noise to … make annoying noise is forbidden if it annoys streamers.
Reddit is – as expected – not amused, the top comment being less than nicely worded about streamers and their contribution to the gaming scene.
I’m sure in one thing: if I’ll ever have a video game (not likely), one of the top rules would be “no streaming”, and I would ban every damn streamer who comes near my game and DMCA takedown their videos too. Go get a job instead of leeching on me!
I consider streamers – along with any kind of game monetizers – a plague on the games, even if in the short run they bring attention to the game. Games get big by hype and PR, but they stay big on being good to play for a long time. Having to deal with cheaters and unfairly treated players is anything but good long time experience. Imagine that someone just plays the game and sees that a name of a famous streamer is popping up in the kill feed. At this point the safest option is throwing away the weapons and hiding. If he keeps them, and meets the streamer and kills him, he can lose his account, as the streamer will likely scream “cheater” for outplaying him. This isn’t good gameplay, not even in a “for fun” game, not to mention any kind of competition.
Games need to be fair, and even more importantly, appear fair to exist for longer time than the attention span of the “lol itz fun XD” players. The T20 incident caused major stir for EVE Online and I left because a developer openly sided with my opponents, to the point of running a cyberbully campaign himself. This isn’t a development issue, it doesn’t matter how good the game is if the outcome depends on who is in the good graces of the devs. Streamers and monetizers look innocent enough at the start, but if you develop codependency with them, then you are doomed to cater to their more and more outlandish wishes, to the point of banning paying players for using a car honk.
Finally: PUBG is already the single biggest game out there. It doesn’t need the hype coming from streamers. They can be told to get their dirty fingers elsewhere.