BattlEye clarifies anti-hacking program and privacy to ARK players
After ARK: Survival Evolved players expressed some concerns about the new anti-hacking program BattlEye and its EULA, a BE dev took to the survival game’s Steam forums to address those concerns. Noting that the reddit posts that are stirring up concerns were written by a “well-known hacker,” the dev acknowledged that the program is invasive, as it needs to be to do its job, and that the EULA was purposefully meant to be very direct to give players a clear understanding. Then he emphasized that the program does not root through personal files, saying:
Yes, BattlEye has to be able to scan all memory (RAM) and all game- and system-related files on disk. However, this does not mean that BE is looking through your personal files, credit card details or other such information and sends them to our servers. I want to clearly emphasize that we don’t do this.
If players want to feel even more secure, he suggests that players close all other programs or processes that contain any sensitive information while playing on any BattlEye servers. Even so, the team will add more clarification to the EULA in the future as well as an uninstall option.
For ARK players, it should be noted that there is no need to install BattlEye unless you play on a BE enforced server (MOP’s is not), and the launcher will prompt you whether or not you want to install.