Developer PlayerUnknown has recently added a few updates to the popular game Battlegrounds. One of these updates has recently proven to be a huge disturbance for streamers, as several good-humored watchers started using it against them. The update in question is the introduction of car horns in the game, and it’s already getting on the streamers’ nerves.
Disturbing Battlegrounds streamers with stream honking
Streaming video games has both advantages and disadvantages. It can bring you popularity and thousands of fans, but you also take some risks. This gave rise to a practice among some watchers called stream sniping. By knowing where streamers roamed in the game, they sneaked upon them killed them.
In the new Battlegrounds game, they seem to have given up sniping tools in favor of something harmless, but equally annoying. These rebel watchers decided to hop into cars, follow streamers around, and continuously honk at them. People have nicknamed this practice stream honking.
If you are not the victim of it, stream honking can be funny. In fact, even if you are a streamer and wake up to someone suddenly appearing next to you in a car and starting honking at you, you might find it hilarious. However, if this happens constantly, it starts getting less entertaining.
How harmful is this practice?
Stream honking might be as bad as the original practice of stream sniping. This was the subject of an intense debate since a week ago, when a player was banned from playing Battlegrounds after he sneaked upon streamer Shroud and killed him. This player said it was just a coincidence, and many others took his side, but developers claim they can prove when someone is stream sniping.
However, stream honking is different, since the streamer doesn’t get disconnected from the game. Although it might be funny at the beginning, his gaming experience is disturbed. Therefore, the phenomenon either goes away by itself, or PlayerUnknown will take measures against it.
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