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The Division cheaters will be hit with permanent bans

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Tom Clancy’s The Division has had more than its fair share of cheaters, hackers and those who make use of exploits to get ahead of the competition. Earlier this year I reported on Ubisoft’s plans for punishing those found cheating or exploiting bugs in the game. Since then, Ubisoft went on an “intensive campaign” against cheaters which resulted in “over 30,000 accounts, including 3,800 permanent bans”.

Now, Ubisoft is stepping up their game even further, taking a no-nonsense approach to handling cheaters. Instead of a 14-day suspension on first offense, those who found guilty of “Cheating, Modding or Hacking” will be hit with a permanent ban.

Ubisoft talks about their new approach for cleaning up the streets of virtual Manhattan:

“Following this campaign of suspensions and bans, it also became clear that while huge progress has been made in terms of cheat detection, our 14 days suspension on first offense policy has not been dissuasive enough. Judging from your feedback, and based on what we witnessed when cheaters came back to the game, we have now decided to push our policy one step further: we will now start applying permanent bans on first offense when players are caught using cheat engines and we will communicate clearly when new ban waves are taking place.

We are committed to constantly improve your experience in the game, and this begins with ensuring a positive and fair environment free of noxious players willingly violating the rules. We will take all steps necessary to track down cheaters and make sure they cannot spoil your enjoyment of the game.” - Source

Ubisoft has updated their Code of Conduct for the game, which shows that the “maximum penalty” on first offense is now a permanent ban. The use of the word “maximum” could mean that lesser penalties could be imposed in certain cases. Further, those who exploit game mechanics and glitches will receive an “account rollback and suspension” on first offensive. However, multiple offenses of exploiting will now result in a permanent ban.

Earlier this year I talked about the various exploits in Falcon Lost and if the developers should punish those found using aforementioned exploits. Those who ruin the experience for others shouldn’t get another chance at the game. Hopefully this change will demotivate cheaters and exploiters who thought a 14-day suspension wasn’t all that bad.

Tell us what you think about Ubisoft’s new, firmer stance against The Division cheaters in the comment section below.

Sources: Ubisoft Blog, Code of Conduct

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