Destiny 2 PC players report bans just for running common tools like discord

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Yesterday, Destiny 2 went live on PC, finally bringing Bungie’s fight for humanity to PC gamers – only with a silky-smooth, 60fps framerate. For the most part, it’s been a smooth launch, but there are numerous reports of people getting banned simple for having common PC software tools installed.

There are reports that many bits of software that induce overlays of any sort are causing player bans. That’s innocuous stuff like Discord, Fraps, Mumble – and even streaming apps like OBS and XSplit. Some of the bundled hardware monitoring software that ships with laptops, like MSI’s afterburner are also apparently triggering bans.

Bungie does state that these sorts of applications may be incompatible with the game on their forums, but doesn’t suggest players will be banned for using them.

Says one affected user:

“I purchased a gaming laptop for this game. Factory reset, the only things I installed are Windows Updates and Battle.net and Destiny 2. Banned about 5 minutes after I started my first character. There is nothing running on this PC but Windows and the game. Nothing in my email explaining why the account was banned, no recourse other than the Bungie.net forums where they are just giving people a canned response, no explanation and no recourse? So glad I purchased this PC and spent $60 on a game I can’t play.”

Says another:

“Well I’m seeing many other people saying that they are being banned simply in the first second they are entering the game as I did not even have how to create the character and I did not have the possibility to enter I believe that the program has a bug I read all the rules and I did not nothing to be banned wanted an official response to believe in a Bungie transparency.

if you have also been banned without doing anything post here to know the problem!

edit1: apparently a lot of people are being banned for some random reason even without any linked overlay application.”

Of course, Bungie obviously wants to keep its game free from cheaters. PC gaming is a scourge when it comes to cheats, but their software is possibly being a little overzealous right now. There are suggestions on Reddit and other gaming forums that the bans are permanent (as per bungie), but it appears that bans are already being overturned. I’d definitely peg this as being a bug in the anti-cheating systems, or a bit of overenthusiastic tuning. Conversely, there appears to be a wealth of people streaming the game with overlays without issue.

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If you are planning to play the game on PC, then it’s probably best to disable any sort of software that can inject code into the game.

Last Updated: October 25, 2017

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Joshua Lawrence

    That overturned ban that you mentioned in the article was for the open beta in August.

  • BakedBagel

    Please stop pre-ordering video games.

    • Admiral Chief

      Only pre-order pizza to save time, don’t pre-order anything else!

      • Hammersteyn

        YUS! also, the guys at the pub are trained to start pouring my beer as soon as I pull in. That’s almost the same as preordering beer right?

        • Beer loves you unconditionally. So it can’t be a “bad” thing like pre orders.

        • MonsterCheddar

          Indeed.

        • BakedBagel

          That sounds like they know you Steyn 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            XD

        • For the Emperor!

          I miss the times when I could go into certain places and they just knew what my order would be! “Variety feast sir?” Then the surprise when you go “No, I need TWO today” 😛

  • For the Emperor!
  • Admiral Chief

    Everybody getting bans, and I’m just sitting here enjoying the superior Warframe

    😛

  • Admiral Chief

    So, are they saying Discord is kommin? Geez

    • MonsterCheddar

      We know it is. You’re on there.

      • Admiral Chief

        It got quite commin when the console folk joined in

        • MonsterCheddar

          o/

  • That’s what you get for supporting lootbox infested games.

    https://media.tenor.com/images/41e5e7e0ac0e4f2069639f3274fa8418/tenor.gif

    • Hammersteyn

      XD that gif

    • Admiral Chief

      “lootbox infested” lolz

    • Been playing on console for weeks. Not banned.

      As for Lootboxes, You can’t compare D2 to the likes of Shadow of War’s Lootboxes.

      • Mostly aiming at all the games releasing now, they are just injected with loot crates and designed around MT’s

        • 100%, fully agree with you.

          But all in all, Destiny’s are nowhere near as bad as what is going on in SoW as well as whats coming in Battlefront 2. And on that note, everyone saying Anthem is a Destiny Killer… look who’s publishing it. That game is going to eat, breath, sleep and ooze MTs. Mark my words.

  • th3SiCn3ss

    1st time Destiny player (PC) & I must say, it’s fking awesome so far. Also running Afterburner but not with Riva. Graphics is also pretty damn good at max…..

    • BakedBagel

      monkaS gl holding thumbs you dont get banned

  • MonsterCheddar

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND the Master Race loses their shit. XD

    Buncha babies.

    • BakedBagel

      Bunch of babies?

      • MonsterCheddar

        Yes. A few teething issues and now the game is sommer kak. Typical. 😛

        • BakedBagel

          teething issues?
          >Banning legitimate software
          >No warnings for using an overlay
          >Almost 0 support, no ticketing system

          Yeah teething issues.

          Banning people for fraps and discord usage is inexcusable.
          Edit: And i dont see people criticizing the game because of this. I see criticizing of bungie.

          • MonsterCheddar

            Relax dude. Sure they will sort it out. Like the Article says, they are probably very cheater conscious.
            If you don’t like it, don’t play it. Easy. 😀

          • BakedBagel

            Im perfectly relaxed, i didnt buy this.

            But by your comments you seem pretty happy that this is happening. Why?

          • Admiral Chief

            Console troll being salty 😛 (him, not you)

          • MonsterCheddar

            I’m not salty. Go back to your Plains of Semicolon, knave. ;D

          • Hammersteyn

            But cheddar has a mild and salty taste to it 😛

          • MonsterCheddar

            FUCK…….
            ………
            You got me there.

            *Runs off to corner to go play Russian Roulette*

          • Hammersteyn

            LOL!

          • Admiral Chief

            Here, take my Glock, better success rate

          • MonsterCheddar

            Frisky again this morning I see.

          • Admiral Chief

            Had a triple espresso latte, come at me!

            I’ll wait for the console to catch up 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            You might come back as swiss cheese.

          • Admiral Chief

            HAH

          • MonsterCheddar

            XD

          • Admiral Chief

            I’ve got a friend who plays both D2 and Warframe, and he loves WF more. Especially the quests

          • MonsterCheddar

            Good for him.

          • Hammersteyn

            I got dragged into this F2P game called Warface. It’s a modern shooter built on the Cryengine. I tried to convince them it’s Warframe not Warface but alas.

          • Admiral Chief

            Never heard of it, looks amazing

          • MonsterCheddar

            Bot? AI?

          • Admiral Chief

            No he doesn’t use aim assist

          • MonsterCheddar
          • Admiral Chief

            PUGNIFICENT

          • MonsterCheddar

            IKR

          • MonsterCheddar

            Nah, of course I’m not. I actually hoped the PC guys found this game as awesome as we do. I’m bummed they have issues.
            But a bit of early morning trolling just gets my jollies working. XD

          • BakedBagel
          • Hammersteyn

            Was entertaining to see a Bagel and a Cheese have at it in the comment section 😛

          • MonsterCheddar

            I like Cheese on my Bagel.

          • BakedBagel

            I like Cheese in my Bagel

            Kreygasm

          • Admiral Chief

            GET A ROOM

          • MonsterCheddar

            o/

          • Hammersteyn

            They can listen to R & Brie songs while they’re in there. At least they’ll never be Provolone again. I think their Gouda together.

          • Admiral Chief

            *dies*

          • Hammersteyn

            Edited. Didn’t work as Grate as I hoped.

          • Admiral Chief

            HAH

          • MonsterCheddar

            STAHP

          • MonsterCheddar
          • MonsterCheddar

            XD. Now you got ME.

          • Admiral Chief

            HUNGIE NOW!

  • WickedMONK3Y

    The thread is from August when it was still in Beta…. are the bans still happening? Because I played last night with Afterburner, Discord, Battle.net, Steam and a bunch of background stuff running and the game was quite happy. No bans have been received and no emails telling me I am a bad little boy have come through. I am not saying people are not getting banned, but the overturn thread is quite old.

    • BakedBagel

      There was a thread posted 6hr ago on destiny subreddit.

      https://www.reddit.com/r/destiny2/comments/78jo4y/psa_avoid_getting_instantly_banned/

      • WickedMONK3Y

        Yeah I jumped the gun and edited my response after some googling, my bad, apologies!. So after some reading and research it appears that the bans are happening IF there is an overlay enabled. The Bungie post stated that overlay injection is triggering the bans. My Discord has overlays disabled, as does every other app I use (Teamspeak with Overwolf etc). so this could potentially be the reason for the bans… overlays and their 3rd party code injection into the Destiny process.

        • BakedBagel

          Yeah, i didnt buy this so this doesnt effect me, i read a response where a guy bought a laptop purely for this game, with windows 10 there Game DVR is auto enabled, and bungie is banning that. Wololo big shit

          • WickedMONK3Y

            Thank jebus I disabled the Game DVR long ago and the infernally useless game mode!!

            Not a good showing if simple and common 3rd party non-cheating apps are getting flagged.

    • If you got banned for having Battle.net open that would be ridiculously funny.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Welcome to ban box 2

  • Hammersteyn

    Wait, so Bungie fell into discord with PC gamers for using Discord?
    😛

    • MonsterCheddar

      HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment of the week again, MF.

      • Hammersteyn

        There’s been a few gems. Trevor’s Bully Beef one had me in stitches.

        • MonsterCheddar

          Didn’t see it.

          • Hammersteyn

            Check the anti bullying Burger King article.

    • Admiral Chief

      That pun just gave Trevor heart palpitations!

      • Hammersteyn

        @rincethis:disqus will be happy to hear that.

  • Hammersteyn

    “PC gaming is a scourge when it comes to cheats” But at least the graphics are purdy?

    • I have used discord many times in the past to cheat in games. I go into the voice channel and whistle at exactly 155 MHz to unlock god mode in CS GO.

      • Hammersteyn

        O_o

      • BakedBagel

        reported

        • Admiral Chief

          I ain’t even mad

  • I’m not sure this is a bug.

    I mean allowing PC gamers to talk to each other is never a good idea and just causes problems for real gamers

    I kid…. kinda just shows that Bungies expertise lies in console gaming

    • MonsterCheddar

      What ^^^^^^^^^^^^ said.

    • BakedBagel

      Makes me think blizzard is being used purely for netcode and network.

      How does this happen with the masters of PC gaming at your doorstep XD

  • MonsterCheddar

    Shit, I was hoping the PC guys won’t have issues as I have been talking this game up for months now. I’m bummed that you guys had a rough start. They will sort it out. Bungie is quite good with that.

    #neverheartheendofthisagainever

    • Admiral Chief

      Too late, you’ve shown your peasant tendencies already below in the comments!

      • BakedBagel

        #neverforget

        • Admiral Chief

          #neverwill

          • Hammersteyn

            #thisistrue

          • Admiral Chief

            #likeNUMBER7

          • MonsterCheddar

            HA HA HA HA

          • Hammersteyn

            #lesigh

          • MonsterCheddar

            *Llewsigh

        • MonsterCheddar

          Do you member? I member.

  • Use any of these programs?:

    OBS
    XSPLIT
    Fraps
    Mumble
    Discord
    Hardware monitoring Software:
    MSI Afterburner
    EVGA Precision XOC

    Well you will be glad to hear Warframe (the far superior space looty shooter) welcomes you with open arms on PC and will not ban you for using those highly dangerous programs in the list.

    • Admiral Chief

      o/

    • WickedMONK3Y

      I played 400+ hours of Warframe and I think I am burnt out on that lol. Even with the new open world Plains of Eidolon, I will need some tequila to numb myself enough to want to play Warframe again. I know there are guys with thousands of hours, but 400 was enough for me on it 😛

      • Admiral Chief

        NEW GUNS AND FRAME AND THINGS.

        But yeah, you should limit yourself to 1-2hrs per day otherwise you will burn out

      • But it was 400 hours well spent 😛

        WF burnout is real when you gun for certain items.

        • Admiral Chief

          ODD ne?

          • Right now I would welcome back ODD and the Void. WF is not build for open world.

      • MonsterCheddar

        I played 30min and got bored.

        • Admiral Chief

          You probably sucked at the tutorial, and now subsequently hate on something amazing that you haven’t even scratched the surface on.

          For shame! ROTTEN CHEEEEEEESE

        • WickedMONK3Y

          I think I played that long because it was with friends and the social aspect of talking utter trash with your buds while playing a game just makes the time vanish 🙂 Had I played on my own…. few hours max I guess.

    • Dalek Zero

      Nope, they ban you for turning in a new item from their new content to a vendor for some resources… https://www.reddit.com/r/Warframe/comments/77rpcd/psa_do_not_try_to_trade_your_brilliant_shards_for/ This isn’t the first time something like this has happened either 😀

  • Sock-puppet

    Bungie making mistakes? Yeah, that seems about right

  • Small Loan of A Million Dollar

    dropping the ban hammer on all the whiners

  • where are these quotes coming from? site your sources, what is this high school? I give this article a C-

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