If you received this message: “Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster. Stated reason: PunkBuster kicked player user (for 0 minutes) … RESTRICTION: Service Communication Failure: PnkBstrB.exe initialization failed”.

Just go to the “C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 3\__Installer\punkbuster\redist”, or where else are your battlefield 3 installed and reinstall the pbsvc.exe in administrator mode (right button/Run as an Administrator).

3 thoughts on “Battlefield 3 – Game disconnected: you were kicked by PunkBuster.”

  1. Took me a few weeks to fix this issue, fresh install of windows etc but the problem came down to NordVPN application, after uninstalling this then worked. Even though Split Tunneling was on it also affected other applications as I observed a server picking up I was coming from Italy which is where my VPN was pointing but the application was not on the enable for this application list.

    1. This is true, I have PIA as VPN. I formatted my machine, installed BF4 and was working perfectly until I installed PIA, even shutting down PIA I could not play the game.
      I’m trying to get some information with the PIA support, because the punkbuster B is created dynamicaly, so it’s possible that for some security reason the firewall get lost.

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