Call of Duty Black Ops II | Treyarch’s Strict Ban Policy

Call-of-Duty-Black-Ops-2-LogoNow that they seem to have resolved the lag issues with Call of Duty Black Ops II. They can start working on – oh wait glitches, boosters, hackers, and all around jerks in the game? Treyarch has fired back by posting a pretty hard core banning policy on Activision’s Support site. If you play the game YOU need to read this.  Take a look as I go through it and point out what might actually affect  YOU as a regular player!

Ok this is taken right from the Activision Support Page. See my comments in red below :-)

Below is Treyarch’s posted security & enforcement ban policy for Black Ops II. All infractions undergo a thorough review process by the Treyarch security team before enforcement, and penalty is not subject to further review.

Definitions

Temporary bans can range from 48 hours to 2 weeks, depending on the severity of the infraction. Permanent bans are lasting and final.

A minor offense is one in which no quantifiable damage has been done to another user or the game community at large. An extreme offense is one in which a player has caused detriment to other users or has organized large groups of users to commit additional offenses.

 Modding/Hacking

Any user who runs a modified version of game code or uses a modified game profile is subject to penalty.

  • First offense: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.
  • Console users who modify their hardware or profile data will also be reported to console manufacturers. PC users on Steam will be reported to the Steam enforcement team.
Just don’t hack. It isn’t fun or fun for anyone around you. I understand why some of you hack. But for most? Its for cheating – so just don’t do it!

Pirated Content

Any user who illegally acquires Call of Duty: Black Ops II content is subject to penalty.

  • First offense: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.
  • Console users in possession of illegally acquired content will also be reported to console manufacturers. PC users on Steam will be reported to the Steam enforcement team.
*Derp* Of course you shouldn’t Pirate the game. If your dumb enough to try and play it on the network? Then you deserve all of the above and more!

Unsupported Peripheral Devices & Applications

Any user who utilizes an unsupported external hardware device or application to interact with the game is subject to penalty. Unsupported peripheral devices and applications include but are not limited to modded controllers, IP flooders and lag switches.

  • Minor offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

 I guess all of those people who purchased modded controllers shouldn’t be using them now? My question is how the hell are they going to find out if a player is actually using one. Besides the auto-fire issue – most controllers are undetectable by any game. So unless they have figured out how to precisely measure controller signals in the game? I wouldn’t worry. Just keep the aut0-fire OFF damn you!

Boosting

Any user who colludes with another user to exploit the game for the purpose of gaining XP, prestige, game score, weapon level, or in-game unlock is subject to penalty.

  • First offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Second offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, will have online split-screen privileges revoked, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Extreme or multiple repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

 OK, Do I even NEED to say that Boosting is stupid. Why pay $60.00 to play a game just to sit there and blow up your buddy repeatedly in some hidden corner of the game just to cheat to get your level/stat/perk/etc… up? PLAY THE DAMN GAME ALREADY. If I see someone Boosting? – R-E-P-O-R-T-E-D immediately.

Glitching

Any user who abuses an exploit in game code or other established rule of play is subject to penalty. An example includes but is not limited to using a hole in the map geo to intentionally go outside of the map boundary.

  • First offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Second offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, will have online split-screen privileges revoked, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Extreme or multiple repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

 OK, this is where Treyarch needs to catch and fix these types of issues immediately. But in-game glitches are always going to happen. So I dunno how they plan on enforcing people abusing glitches unless it is some blatant hack to the game.

Offensive Behavior

Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory or racially charged language is subject to penalty.

  • First offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online.
  • Second offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online and will have voice chat privileges in the game revoked.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

 HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH!  Sorry – but this offense alone will take out 90% of the player base if it was strictly enforced. They would need to have a Chaperon in almost EVERY Lobby 24/7. With that being said though? Try and keep things civil!

Offensive Emblems

Any user who creates an emblem with sexually gratuitous images, racially offensive material or foul language is subject to penalty.

  • Minor offense: User will be temporarily banned from using the Emblem Editor, and all emblems will be reset to default.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from using the Emblem Editor, and all emblems will be reset to default.

 With 99% of the Emblems I see online? They don’t offend me personally. But when I see a big hairy penis or a Swastika? It starts to bug me. So please use your imagination and try and keep it P.G. at least!

Offensive Live Streams or Unauthorized Live Stream Content

Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos.

  • Minor offense: User will be temporarily banned from using live streaming and may have camera streaming privileges in the game revoked.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from using live streaming.
  • Extreme offenders will also be reported to the live streaming service provider and may have their account revoked by that service provider.
 Seriously I don’t know why this is even here. But I’m sure someone somewhere was dumb enough to try and violate this and ruined it for the rest of us!  So please folks keep your Live streams clean so we can enjoy the service!

What do you all think of the new policies in place with Black Ops II? Are they too strict? Not Strict enough?

10 SHARES
Jason Mathes
  • http://www.dragonblogger.com Justin Germino

    I remember NCSoft and ArenaNet banned a bunch of players for taking advantage of a glitch in their game that allowed powerful items at too cheap deals which could skew the game economy and such. Report the glitch, get a little reward for finding bugs as in-game credits or something but don’t abuse.

    I agree about the offensive, when the goal of a game is to kill your opponents, people are going to be rude, nasty and offensive at some point.

    • http://avgjoegeek.net/ Jason Mathes

      For Call of Duty its always the same old threats. But they seem to be getting better with each release. This one made me chuckle a few times. Especially the bans for offensive language. This would technically hit 99% of the player base if it was strictly enforced. I know when I play I turn into some deranged truck driver with tourettes syndrome!

      I’m all for banning people who cheat though. Regardless of the game! Thanks for dropping by Justin!