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Treyarch laying down the law with Black Ops II's cheating policy


Treyarch has revealed their security and enforcement policy for multiplayer gaming on Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and it's really rather strict!


Temporary bans can range from 48 hours to 2 weeks, depending on the severity of the infraction. Permanent bans are lasting and final.

Treyarch state that "All infractions undergo a thorough review process by the Treyarch security team before enforcement, and penalty is not subject to further review."

"A minor offense is one in which no quantifiable damage has been done to another user or the game community at large. An extreme offense is one in which a player has caused detriment to other users or has organized large groups of users to commit additional offenses."

Here's the full list of what will get you banned from Black Ops II's multiplayer:

Modding / Hacking:
Any user who runs a modified version of game code or uses a modified game profile is subject to penalty.

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

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.

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.

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.

Offensive Behavior: Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory or racially charged language is subject to penalty.

Offensive Emblems: Any user who creates an emblem with sexually gratuitous images, racially offensive material or foul language is subject to penalty.

Offensive Live Streams or Unauthorized Live Stream Content: Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos.


Edited On 12 Nov, 2012

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adwan's avatar
adwan 4 years ago
Offensive Behavior, Offensive Emblems & Boosting alone would see half of the CoD players banned quite quickly!
Dead's avatar
Probably more like three quarters :)
Dead 4 years ago
0000000000's avatar
its right that it to be fair!
0000000000 4 years ago
creed95's avatar
to bad it took a couple of years for them to take action on cheaters. they simply ruin the game for people that want to play the older games in the series but cant because its infested with hackers. hopefully they can make this one sustainable for a couple of years before they bin it
creed95 4 years ago
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rick75fowler 4 years ago
its good a company is trying to stop all this cheating but they will always find a way around these systems to cheat ect,but good on them as it does spoil the fun and enjoyment to others
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Robichoico 4 years ago
Boosting: I see this often in multiplayer games, especially when trophies/achievements are concerned. I don't see a problem with it myself since it's Treyarch who designed the game like that Glitching: If there's a hole in the map then that's the developer's fault for releasing a buggy map. Unless the developers remake the map then there's no reason to ban people for it imo. It's their own fault. Love how there's all of this but there's nothing in place to ban people who shouldn't be playing it (for example underaged people.)
adwan's avatar
You can't ban underage people from playing it. There's nothing that says anyone underage can't play a game, just that they're not allowed to purchase it. Same goes for films. I agree that young kids shouldn't play games like this, but at the same time, where is the cut-off point? All kids under 18 shoudn't play an 18 rated game? I played games like GTA when I was 14/15 and it did me no harm. Kids are all different and mature and grow differently. In my opinion it's down to the parents to police what games their kids play and judge their own kids maturity.
adwan 4 years ago
ukdazza's avatar
@adwan - The age rating on films prevents people underage from viewing them. They aren't allowed to purchase tickets or be accompanied by an adult to watch an 18 if they're not 18. The opening scene for Black Ops 2 (when you put the disc in and have done the update) is fairly graphic and somewhat shocked my girlfriend. Under 18's shouldn't be playing the game according to the ratings advisors and therefore they shouldn't be. "Hasn't done me any harm" - it may have done, you just don't know yet ;)
ukdazza 4 years ago
adwan's avatar
At the cinema maybe, but I was more referring to when it's availble for home viewing. Same rules go for alcohol. Can't buy it, but you can drink underage in your own home.

Let's put it this way then, someone who just turned 18 can play it, and someone about to turn 18 the next day can't play it, but what difference does a day make, or a week, or a month or even a year? There are and always will be grey areas with age ratings. I still stand firm that it's down to the parents to choose, but I am by no way saying a 10 year old should be playing 18 rated games, or 15 rated even games. I think a year or two younger is acceptable, if the parent decides their child is mature enough to play it. It's also down to retailers to control it more.

And trust me, if playing an 18 rated game at 14 had affected me in some adverse way I would know about it by now since that was a long time ago. I know the difference between reality and the virtual world, it's those that don't that are affected by violent games, movies, books, comics or even music. Unfortunately, those people who are that way will be twisted by anything, and sometimes by nothing, games just get bad press more becuase you "control the action" of the main character.
adwan 4 years ago
Dead's avatar
Adwan is right, it should be down to the parents discretion, the problem is most parents don't have a clue about games and will happily buy the latest GTA or COD or whatever for little 8 year old Timmy thinking 'It's just a game'.
Dead 4 years ago
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D4NI1EL1986 4 years ago
If they banned all the under age users that would be 99.9% of the users.
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ukdazza 4 years ago
Having been playing since yesterday, there do appear to be people attempting to glitch already. I didn't see a clear or present way to report them either. Not that I really thought about reporting them at the time tbh.
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Acid360 4 years ago
I wish they had a ban for camping lol
0000000000's avatar
0000000000 4 years ago
fair play to them its only took 6-7 games to clamp down lol
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JAMES 4 years ago
Sounds good hope they stick to these rules
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JAMES 4 years ago
Sounds good hope they stick to these rules
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SuperJag86 4 years ago
I hope they keep the threat of the dreaded ban hammer works too, I hate it when good games are spoilt by cheaters.
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CookieMcCrumble 4 years ago
Just hope they stick to their word, and actually act on the people spotted doing it quickly. Have a decent report feature, let the players point things out and flag them up quickly. But it does sound like Treyarch are trying extra hard this time to make it the game it deserves to be.
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UKVampire 4 years ago
Well done hope they back it up too :)
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Rob 4 years ago
hopefully they stick to this and try make the online a good place to be instead of all the cheaters spoiling it for us.
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ALIAS 4 years ago
someone on my friends list has a modded console and has been playing it since last week. still has not been banned. how is that possible?
-Shockle-'s avatar
Because black ops 2 has been doing the rounds on some well known torrent sites (i wont mention them here) but its been online for Xbox for almost 2 weeks maybe even longer. Also i think they are not banned yet because at 12pm tonight all the black ops 2 servers and any online progress by anyone worldwide will be reset back to zero, and at that time i guess they will begin to police the servers and so on. Also modded Xbox consoles get banned from Xbox live regardless of what games they play, it may last a couple of weeks but Microsoft always blocks them in the end.
-Shockle- 4 years ago
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Raheem 4 years ago
That is really good that will prevent people from making inappropriate emblems or ruining gaming experience by hacking
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COP3Y DUNT 4 years ago
The only thing I'd be worried about with this is if they over enforce it.
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Barada 4 years ago
Treyarch are concerned about cheating? They make endless cloned FPS games - with little difference from one to the next - who's really cheating who? ;)
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Browny_1 4 years ago
Am glad there stamping down on cheats it spoils the game..they need to stick to this tho
Browny_1's avatar
Browny_1 4 years ago
Am glad there stamping down on cheats it spoils the game..they need to stick to this tho
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lou86 4 years ago
Glad to see they finally done something about all these cheaters COD is always ruined by that, it will be good to have a fair game knowing people not cheating gone the days of you shooting someone that dont die then you die COD RAGE!!!!
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markav 4 years ago
"Offensive Live Streams or Unauthorized Live Stream Content: Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos." But it's a mature game rated 18. Kids should not be watching live streams of these games!
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rjc 4 years ago
Be interesting to see if they stick to this, or it'll go back to being full of cheats.
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shiny miller 4 years ago
Good to see a games company taking this seriously, however they are going to be VERY busy enforcing this. The offensive behaviour bit in particular is going to see people getting banned constantly - I hope they make sure anyone who gets repeated 'short term' bans eventually gets perma-banned.

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