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Battlefield Bad Company 2 (BFBC2): ‘PB Init Failure’ message hits PC gamers

Following on from our post this morning, which informed you that EA were investigating problems for the Xbox 360 version of Battlefield Bad Company 2, we are hearing that PC gamers are experiencing a new error message – related to PunkBuster.

As reported from HeartlessGamer, Punkbuster is an anti-cheat software program that is used within the game. But rather than help gamers, it seems to be stopping them from connecting to servers at all.

A new error message has been reported, which seems to be affecting the majority of PC owners. The full message is:

”You have been kicked from the game. The reason is:Punkbuster kicked player ‘playername’(for 0 minutes) … PB INIT FAILURE (if this persists, visit evenbalance.com slick support to manually update PunkBuster).”

This latest error seems to be different from the issues affecting console versions, as it looks to be a problem related to PunkBuster specifically – and not EA. Luckily, there are a few steps you can try out to fix this problem, head to the link above for information on this.

Have you been greeted with this message when trying to connect to servers online?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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