PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has temporarily turned off in-game trading. The announcement was made on Steam last night.
Players are normally able to trade in-game cosmetics using a pair of features. ‘Market Trade’ allows you to sell cosmetics through the Steam marketplace, in much the same way as players are able to do in games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Team Fortress 2.
The other system, ‘Personal Trade’, was intended to allow friends to trade items between themselves, but it’s this system that has caused issues for players. PUBG Corp say they’ve recently “seen a few cases of players using the personal trade function to sell items using third party sites.” According to them, that’s “an abuse of the system,” and as such they say they are “temporarily turning off personal trades while we search for a better solution.”
Hopefully, the trading system will only be down for a shirt of time. PUBG Corp say they’ll lift the restrictions once they’ve fixed the issues around trading.