Global ban – punkbuster and Battlefield 2
WOW, they meant it. My personal computer will never be able to play any PB-supported games in the future. Great work Even Balance. Future Gamedevelopers beware.
For some reason I got a hardware ban on Battlefield 2 (BF2). I’m supposedly guilty off preventing the PunkBuster (PB) software from updating itself. How, no idea, but I suspect a firewall has done this. Others are banned for cheats in battlefield 2 or the like.
Evenbalance email and punkbuster
I’ve corresponded with Even Balance, that handles Bans for PunkBuster. They have never answered my question, What software or other reason, has given me the ban. They can only tell me that I’ve violated their EULA (boy do I hate it when that happens).
NOW, it turns out, that since my pc, yes my hardware has been uniquely identified and banned, can not play BF2 due to PunkBuster, my PC can never again play any game that has PunkBuster installed. At least so they say. Have a look at the latest correspondence below.
Every punkbuster game
Banning users on every PB game in the future, for whatever reason they may have, seems pretty drastic to me, or ? If I was a Games developer, I would consider not using PunkBuster. It surely will stop thousands from buying and using their products. That’s just my opinion. My kids won’t be able to buy any PB-supported games. That must have cost them at least the purchase of 10 games, and that’s just for my case. Let’s say one thousand has the same problem, times ten, that adds up to 10.000 games, times an average of 50$, that’s a lost revenue of 500.000 $.
Unbanning, Punkbuster and Evenbalance, don’t care
11/24/2005 14:40:57 – “Wouter Tromp”
Note #6: As these bans are not removed, it will not be possible to join any Punkbuster supported game in the future.
11/22/2005 15:11:50 – “anonymized”
Note #4: A hardware ban involves a ban across all current and future supported Punkbuster games.
11/22/2005 07:39:26 – “anonymized”
Note #3: Does the ban mean that the newest game Special forces is unplayable on my pc ? In other words, can I purchase the new game and play online ?
11/13/2005 05:36:09 – “anonymized”
Note #2: Hi,
This ban is purely the result of running a cheat which violates our EULA. Nothing else. Such bans are not be removed.
11/13/2005 04:44:19 – “anonymized”
Note #1: Ticket submitted to support staff.