Treyarch Outlines Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Banning Policy for Offensive Behavior, Boosting & More

November 5, 2015 Written by Jason Dunning

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Depending on where you live, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, with millions of people expected to play on day one, November 6.

Since so many people are set to jump online, developer Treyarch outlined their full Security & Enforcement Policy today, which details how you can get suspended or banned, and for how long the penalty is.

After saying that “all infractions undergo a thorough review process by the Treyarch security team before enforcement, and penalties are not subject to further review,” they detailed the definitions:

  • Temporary Suspensions – Can range from 48 hours to two weeks or longer, depending on the severity of the infraction. Permanent suspensions are lasting and final.
  • Minor Offense – One in which no quantifiable damage has been done to another user or the game community at large.
  • Extreme Offense – One in which a player has caused detriment to other users or has organized large groups of users to commit additional offenses.

With that out of the way, here’s how you can be suspended or banned from Black Ops 3:

Use of Unauthorized Third Party Software for Modding/Hacking

Any user who utilizes unauthorized third party software to gain an unfair advantage, manipulate stats, and/or manipulate game data is subject to penalty. Unauthorized third party software includes, but is not limited to, aimbots, wallhacks, trainers, stats hacks, texture hacks, leaderboard hacks, injectors, or any other software used to deliberately modify game data on disk or in memory.

  • First offense – User will be permanently suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats, emblems, and paintjobs 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.

Pirated Content

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

  • First offense – User will be permanently suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats, emblems, and paintjobs 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.

Unsupported Peripheral Devices and 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 suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats and emblems reset and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses – User will be permanently suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats and emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

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 suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats, emblems, and paintjobs reset, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Extreme or multiple repeat offenses – User will be permanently suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats, emblems, and paintjobs reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

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 suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats, emblems, and paintjobs reset, will have online split-screen privileges revoked, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
  • Extreme or multiple repeat offenses – User will be permanently suspended from playing the game online, will have their stats, emblems, and paintjobs reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

Offensive Behavior

Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory, or culturally charged language is subject to penalty. Cyber-bullying and other forms of harassment are considered extreme offenses and will result in the harshest penalty.

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

Offensive Emblems/Paintjobs

Any user who creates an emblem or paintjob that is considered to be generally offensive is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes, but is not limited to, sexually gratuitous images, culturally offensive material, and/or foul language.Any user who creates an emblem or paintjob with personal and/or private information for either themselves or other persons is subject to penalty. Personal/Private information includes, but is not limited to, email addresses, phone numbers, physical addresses, and full names.

  • Minor offense – User will be temporarily suspended from using the Emblem Editor and Paintshop. All emblems and paintjobs will be reset to default.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses – User will be permanently suspended from using the Emblem Editor and Paintshop. All emblems and paintjobs will be reset to default.

Improperly Obtained Downloadable/Unlockable Content

Users that are found to have inventories containing content obtained outside of normal gameplay are subject to penalty. Penalties will not be issued for content obtained by gifting, social means, customer service intervention, and/or promotional events.

  • First offense – Users will be temporarily suspended from using the inventory system, and a full inventory reset will be issued.
  • Extreme or repeat offenses – Users will be permanently suspended from using the inventory system and a full inventory reset issued.

Treyarch adds, “All users are responsible for the security of their own accounts, and penalties that have been issued are irrevocable and final.” Basically, if someone else is using your account and gets suspended/banned, it will still be enforced.

We’re still waiting on official patch notes, but don’t forget that there’s a 2.7GB day one update on PlayStation 4 for Black Ops 3.

[Source: Treyarch]