The Division will now permaban you for your first cheating offense

Apparently, the 14-day suspensions weren't enough of a deterrent.


The Division dev team has made no bones about the fact that it does not like cheating in its game, even if it is players taking advantage of a glitch inadvertantly added to the game itself. And to show how serious they are, cheaters will now be banned on first offense.

In a post on the official site, the team said that when they did their largest wave of suspensions and bans last month, action was taken against more than 30,000 accounts, resulting in 3,800-plus permanent bans. However, the team found that players weren't getting the message with a first-time offense suspension of 14 days.

"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," the team said.

Apparently, "ensuring a positive and fair environment free of noxious players willingly violating the rules" is something Massive will continue to diligently pursue. "We will take all steps necessary to track down cheaters and make sure they cannot spoil your enjoyment of the game."

The team also continues to do bug squashing, with a recent patch being delayed as unsuccessful

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    June 9, 2016 10:25 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, The Division will now permaban you for your first cheating offense

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      June 9, 2016 10:30 AM

      Thank you, Blizzard for starting this.

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        June 9, 2016 11:44 AM

        agreed. Cheaters should be taken out behind the shed and beaten.... and THEN banned.

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      June 9, 2016 10:32 AM

      No shit.

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      June 9, 2016 10:32 AM

      Pretty cool that they've discovered a 100% accurate way to detect cheaters.

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      June 9, 2016 10:32 AM

      Good on them.

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      June 9, 2016 10:34 AM

      Great, now that many players who don't cheat already left. Too little, too late.

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      June 9, 2016 10:35 AM

      They should have done it when it was happening in the first week. I lost interest when the cheaters and exploiters had all their perfect gear and I couldn't compete because I bought the game 2 weeks after drop.

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        June 9, 2016 11:18 AM

        Yeah it's unfortunately too late for it to really matter much. The people that benefited from it kept perpetually widening the gear gap and forced a lot of other people to have to exploit to just attempt to keep pace so there's not much reason for anyone playing normally to bother since they're always going to be so far behind and not competitive. This is worse in a game like The Division because there's no damage normalization in PvP, and the different gear tiers in the DZ are useless.

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      June 9, 2016 10:36 AM

      This should be the norm, imo. Fuck cheaters.

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      June 9, 2016 11:23 AM

      Does falling through the level count as cheating?

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        June 9, 2016 11:31 AM


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        June 9, 2016 11:48 AM

        *ThomW is being forced into the back of a police wagon*
        "No! I fell through the level! It was a mapping error!"
        (sterotypically Irish cop) "Suuuure ya' did, clippy. Toss 'em in the ban hole, fellas."

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      June 9, 2016 11:38 AM

      Wow, why that wasn't the policy in the first place is beyond me.

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      June 9, 2016 1:35 PM

      If only EA would adopt this stance for BF.

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      June 9, 2016 2:16 PM

      In this case exploiters did most of the damage, the duping of crafting materials destroyed balance.
      But they did nothing to rollback the duping or punish the people that exploited that.
      And then to add salt on the wound they made it more difficult to adquire mats, so the people that exploited were laughing at the situation, and between that and the amount of work you have to do to craft anything, and the slim chances of actually getting anything good from crafting, most people lost all interest in crafting and as crafting if most of what is to do at the end, people lost interest in the game altogether.
      And yea, cheaters with auto aim and increased damage doesn't help either... nor the incredible boring operations (and to make it worse, people used even more boring strategies).

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        June 9, 2016 2:21 PM

        I think hackers killed the game on PC. Ps4 still going strong even with exploiters.

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