UPDATE: Destiny 2 PC players are reporting mass bans
While the reason for the mass banning is unknown, some have speculated that it could be due to how the PC version of Destiny 2 deals with third-party applications attempting to insert code into the game client. During the PC beta, Bungie stated that applications such as visual notification feature (Discord and Mumble), Fraps, EVGA Precision XOC and MSi Afterburner were all incompatible with the game. You can find a full list of banned applications on the help section of the Bungie website.
While it is possible that those who received bans were using these programs, Cosmo, a community manager for Bungie stated that the use of third-party applications would not result in a ban, “Third-party applications that aren’t compatible with Destiny 2 may cause the game to not run but won’t result in a ban.”
With that said if third-party applications are responsible for the bans don’t expect any sympathy from Bungie as the Bungie ban webpage states, “There are NO options to dispute or overturn account restrictions or bans.” This means if you are among those who feel unjustly banned you are seemingly out of luck.
While the third-party applications seem like the most logical reason behind the mass bans, some players have reported they have received bans despite not having any third-party applications on their system. For example, on the Destiny 2 PC support forum, a user known as Deomicanth stated he/she received a ban despite playing Destiny 2 on a PC that underwent a factory reset before Destiny 2’s installation.
Hopefully, Bungie will find out what has caused the mass banning, but it doesn’t look good when a developer is seemingly banning players for using overlays or recording software. Here is to hoping that all the players who were mysteriously banned will be able to return to Destiny 2 soon.
UPDATE: Bungie has posted an article providing some facts regarding the bans being issued in the PC version of Destiny 2.
- Destiny 2 cannot automatically ban you, only Bungie can ban a player after a manual investigation
- Yesterday, we banned approximately 400 players on PC
- Bans were applied to players who were using tools that pose a threat to the shared ecosystem of the game
- We did not (and will not) issue any bans for the use of overlays or performance tools, including Discord, Xsplit, OBS, RTSS, etc.
- Information on using third-party applications can be found here: https://www.bungie.net/en/Help/Article/46101
- We are overturning 4 of the bans that were issued during the PC Beta
From Bungie’s statement, it seems as though the reason for the bans was due to malicious applications that posed a thread to the Destiny 2 ecosystem. The statement also reiterated that overlay and performance tools will not get you banned.
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