Bethesda is taking a unique approach in dealing with Fallout: 76 cheaters.
There is a saying that cheaters never prosper. Cheating in any online game warrants temporary or even permanent bans. Players cannot appeal these bans in some cases (think Overwatch, where Blizzard takes a zero tolerance approach to cheating). Despite the threat of permanent bans, players cheat anyway. Bethesda is taking a strange yet possibly effective approach to Fallout: 76 cheaters: write an essay on why cheating is bad.
“If you would like to appeal this account closure, we would be willing to accept an essay on ‘Why the use of third-party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community’ for our management team to review,” Bethesda said. Fallout: 76 cheaters will receive this email upon confirmation of their ban. Cheat Engine, memory editors, and Reshade (a post-processing tool) account for the majority of the bans. Bethesda bans third-party apps because they do not want players “exploiting the game in ways that provide a competitive advantage or negatively impact the servers & gameplay experience of other players.”
Some mods flagged as cheat software included visual enhancement mods.
Some players were banned for using mods that are flagged as cheat software (i.e. Reshade) but do not give any gameplay advantages. Examples of cheat software according to the Fallout: 76 developer include ‘bots’, ‘speed hacks’, ‘deep-link’, ‘page-scrape’, ‘robot’, and ‘spider’ algorithms. This includes other programs that monitor any part of the Services (including, but not limited to, the game and/or forums).
Other actions that might result in bans include “software that transmits, manipulates or distributes the data stream or any aspect of the Services to another computer, server websites or other publication or distribution media, or software that permits you to use Services without human input.”
What are your thoughts on this approach towards Fallout: 76 cheaters? Do you think cheaters who put this much time and effort into appealing their ban deserve a second chance? Let us know in the comments below!