the divisionAhead of the launch of Overwatch, Blizzard announced that they would be taking a very hard stance against cheaters and would permanently ban anyone caught cheating. We guess some gamers did not think they were serious or thought they could get away with it, but right out the gate we saw more than 1,000 accounts permanently banned for cheating.

It looks like Ubisoft will now be taking a page out of Blizzard’s book by announcing a similar measure they will be implementing for The Division game. According to Ubisoft, it seems that the 14 day suspension was not enough to deter cheaters, which is why they will now be making it a permanent ban even for first-time offenders.

Ubisoft’s blog post reads, “Following this campaign of suspensions and bans, it also became clear that while huge progress has been made in terms of cheat detection, our 14 days suspension on first offense policy has not been dissuasive enough. 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.”

While it does seem harsh, we guess gamers shouldn’t really be cheating in the first place as it does ruin the experience for everyone. It is unclear if Ubisoft will listen to appeals (we know Blizzard isn’t), but it is starting to look like a trend and we have to wonder if other developers will adopt a similar stance in the future as well.

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