Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Banning and Security Policy Revealed

Find out what actions will be punished with a ban from Treyarch

By on November 12th, 2012 10:31 GMT

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is out tomorrow, November 13, and developer Treyarch has now revealed its “Security and Enforcement” policy, confirming the array of actions that can result in a banning of a player.

Black Ops II is set to be one of the biggest releases of the year, and developer Treyarch is getting ready not just to take care of the game by releasing new content, but also by watching over the community of players and punishing those guilty of different nefarious deeds.

In order to elaborate on what will and will not result in a ban for a player, the studio has now posted its security policy, highlighting the array of infractions that will force it to punish a Black Ops 2 user.

From modding the game to using pirated content, unsupported devices, or just taking advantage of exploits and glitches, a lot of actions are forbidden by Treyarch, so check them out in the list below, via the CoD forums.

Definitions

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

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.

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

First offense: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.
Console users who modify their hardware or profile data will also be reported to console manufacturers. PC users on Steam will be reported to the Steam enforcement team.

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

First offense: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.
Console users in possession of illegally acquired content will also be reported to console manufacturers. PC users on Steam will be reported to the Steam enforcement team.

Unsupported Peripheral Devices & 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.

Minor offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

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.

First offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
Second offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, will have online split-screen privileges revoked, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
Extreme or multiple repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

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.

First offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
Second offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, will have online split-screen privileges revoked, and will have their leaderboard entries deleted.
Extreme or multiple repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

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

First offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online.
Second offense: User will be temporarily banned from playing the game online and will have voice chat privileges in the game revoked.
Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from playing the game online, will have their stats & emblems reset, and will be blocked permanently from appearing in leaderboards.

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

Minor offense: User will be temporarily banned from using the Emblem Editor, and all emblems will be reset to default.
Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from using the Emblem Editor, and all emblems will be reset to default.

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.

Minor offense: User will be temporarily banned from using live streaming and may have camera streaming privileges in the game revoked.
Extreme or repeat offenses: User will be permanently banned from using live streaming.
Extreme offenders will also be reported to the live streaming service provider and may have their account revoked by that service provider.

As you can see, quite a lot of activities are frowned upon by Treyarch, so do try to follow the aforementioned rules when playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii U.
Black Ops 2 has a strict banning policy
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