Bungie cheater ban: gamers who manipulated network traffic get slapped with ban

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Bungie, maker of widely popular game “Destiny” has amped the security of their network by banning players who they found guilty of cheating.

They announced the news via their official weekly update page and said, “We know you want justice. We’ve seen the chatter. We’ve read the reports. Yesterday and today, our Security Response Team has restricted access to the Crucible by the worst offenders among us all.”

The developers stated that they started removing players that have been reported multiple times by other gamers. They have cross-referenced the complaints to their own player database. Afterwards, they decided to take a huge swing at the so-called “Banhammer” to those who have manipulated their network traffic.

Bungie added that if any player wants to raise concerns, they may submit a report or feedback via in-game reporting tools as they are continuously monitoring the community. However, they claimed that they will not condone shaming those who have committed mistakes and they will not reveal how many have been removed from the game.

“Shaming your offenders in a video might feel good, but it doesn’t factor into our process for passing down a guilty verdict and it might get you in trouble with the moderators of your favorite Guardian clubhouse!” the statement further reads.

According to Forbes, exploiting the network traffic happens when the player’s connection has gone out for a moment, and other characters on the screen freeze. During this event, the player may shoot others while running around freely. When the connection comes back, players who are lagging will receive the hits.

The report added that gamers have found a way to make their opponents lag more often than normal, including downloading a large file to slow the connection of others and creating a lag switch.

If a player who suffers from these instances thinks there is a pattern, they can report it to Bungie and they will take the necessary action.