Bungie confirms a sharp rise in Destiny 2 cheating, explains what it’s doing to mitigate it

    
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While this week’s update from Destiny 2 has plenty of things for fans to read over, one of the bigger topics is about cheaters. According to Bungie, cheating behavior is up roughly 50% since January, with 2,133 bans dished out to players four weeks after Season of the Worthy launched. And while the banhammer has been swinging mightily, the devs admit that reaction times have still been far too slow.

So what’s being done about it? The devs will be shifting more bodies to combating cheating, with more people analyzing reports, more work on anti-cheat systems, more people developing and testing new ban rules, and ultimately “more fuel for the hammer.” Speaking of the banhammer, players who are in a fireteam with a cheater could now be the target of a ban themselves. “If you LFG your way into a fireteam with a cheater, get out and report them. If you ride them to a flawless, the banhammer will come for you as well,” explains the post.

Considering most of the cheating is happening in the Trials of Osiris, Bungie is also looking at requiring a longer playtime needed — up to 100 hours — to even access the content. This isn’t set in stone, however, and the devs are interested in gathering player feedback on this idea. Bungie also believes that making Trials available for those who didn’t buy the Season Pass was a mistake; this won’t be changing for Season of the Worthy, but it could be changing for future seasons.

Speaking of the Trials, some adjustments are in the works there as well, including token payout milestones at three, five, and seven wins to mitigate token farming, adding a weekly bounty that encourages participation each weekend and does not require match wins, and adding more Masterworking materials from Trials to make them feel more rewarding when compared to other endgame activities.

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angrakhan

I always thought the cheating in Destiny 2 was pretty obvious and flagrant to the point I assumed Bungie just didn’t give a rats ass. I mean when the #1 guy on the opposing team gets 52 kills at the end of the match and the #2 guy on the same team is barely in the teens I think we can go ahead and call that at least suspicious. How do you even find that many people in a single match without a wall hack and radar?

Oh but no, he’s really that badass and I just need to “git gud”, right? Right.

Anyway what’s more likely… That all these pro gamers spend their free time in Destiny 2 pvp instead of working on a game that actually has paid tournaments like Overwatch… OR… Cheating is pretty rampant? I’m putting my money on the latter and this article just proves my point.

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Instead of idiotic comments like “do not use cheater to carry you”, they should be putting more work into improving their anticheat software. Right now it does not seem very capable, judging by availability of cheats I see in various forums.

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kelvar

Totally this. I don’t play Destiny very often (I don’t even think I’ve tried it since it moved to Steam)… and when I do and go into a dungeon and get paired with random people I have definitely been “dragged” through in utter silence where I was completely unnecessary.

For all I know every single one of those people were cheaters, or maybe none of them were. I didn’t see them long enough to tell. But if I got banned because that other person happened to be a cheater and I’m too much of a newb to know it – I would most definitely not return. I doubt I’d even protest it or ask what happened because there’s a whole bunch of other games and life’s too short.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I shouldn’t be shocked that cheating is rampant. But it’s not like millions and world fame are riding on it, like Lance Armstrong or Barry Bonds. It’s a completely ephemeral, non-existent environment that disappears the moment the servers shut down.

Which makes me ask, why cheat? And assuming it’s not a psychological perspective (Because I can and Why not), what’s the upside? Neater shit you didn’t actually earn so can’t be proud of? Bragging rights you’re actually not entitled to so you’re a fake? Admission to the guild/group of your peers, basically all cheating losers? Satisfaction that you beat the game, when you didn’t?

Simply pitiful.

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Arktouros

Last article I read from a cheater’s perspective is they enjoy the feeling of empowerment it comes from cheating.

For example a long time ago I used to cheat in Rome Total War (a single player game) by giving myself basically infinite money at the start of the game. I just couldn’t be bothered in managing the economic aspect of the game at all. This didn’t diminish my enjoyment of the game nor was I unable to feel proud when the little “you won!” popped up at the end.

You could, rightly so, point out I didn’t in fact win or beat the game however that doesn’t in any way diminish the feeling that I had won and beat the game. All the same triggers and rewards for winning are there even if it’s built out of a house of cards.

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Nathan Aldana

In fairness, I feel like as long as its a singleplayer game if you use cheat codes, nobody should care as long as you enjoyed it.

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Mewmew

I’ve known some people who cheat who just think it’s a video game and it doesn’t matter. If you ask them why they cheat, they’d ask you “Why not?” They don’t care about fairness, they don’t see it as wrong or important. They often don’t care about losing the game if caught. They’re some anonymous login and it doesn’t slight their character.

You can talk to them about fair play and the rules and the experience all day and it doesn’t phase them. You can tell them how they’re ruining it for others. They simply don’t care, or they think it’s not affecting others much.

They often want to win when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. They want to see their names in lights and think they’ve earned it by cheating and getting away with it. Sometimes they’re straight out griefers. But mostly, it seems they just don’t care.

I take my word and character very seriously. If I agree to a contract, I abide by that agreement. That includes the rules we agree to when playing online games. I don’t get people who give their word and flippantly don’t keep it. But the world is full of dishonest people. That leads into all aspects of life.

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People cheat because it brings them pleasure to do so, as simple as that. The details are irrelevant, just like it is irrelevant why some people get a pleasure out of smacking dumb AI monsters or gathering crafting resources or doing RP. They just do. Only thing that is relevant is whether the pleasure of doing things like cheating prevents others from enjoying the game, and if it does – the cheaters should be dealt with.

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Arktouros

I mean basically…

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Xyggy

It has to be said again: How pathetic is one’s life if they have to cheat at an online video game in order to feel good about themselves?

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r1plakish

“If you LFG your way into a fireteam with a cheater, get out and report them. If you ride them to a flawless, the banhammer will come for you as well.”

This statement ranks right up there with “you all have phones don’t you?”.
A competent person would never think it was a good idea to make ban threats against innocent paying customers a part of their anti-cheat policy.

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agemyth 😩

They are referring to players who play 10 consecutive matches of this specific time limited event mode with the same team in which any of them is cheating. If you ride out your Trials wins with a cheater you have, effectively, cheated even if somehow you didn’t figure out you were being carried by a cheater.

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Jack Kerras

There is no matchmaking in Trials, which is where most cheating happens, and which is where it’s most important to get consecutive wins.

Using DestinyLFG – a third-party site – to link up with (or pay) someone with cheats to carry you to flawless victories is an active process; you link up with and stay with a cheater on purpose, since you can’t be automatched in alongside one, ever, in that highly-relevant gametype.

This is, in fact, a good idea. Banning people who say ‘well I didn’t cheat!!’ but who intentionally put a cheater on their team to improve their chances? A-OK. That’s letter vs. spirit of the law shit right there, and anyone who’s OK with the letter but working against the spirit deserves the ban just as much. It’s why we have human arbitrators as well as automatic processes.