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Gamer received lifelong ban for harmless modification

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Gamer received lifelong ban for harmless modification

Earlier this month, a Finnish modder named Matti Hietanen presented a new version of the Cinematic Tools program, which allows gamers to control in-game cameras in Tom Clancy’s The Division in order to capture the most cinematic moments and make screenshots. Previously, he had already released similar modifications for 22 games, including Battlefield 1, Dark Souls III and Star Wars Battlefront II. But it was with The Division that the young man had problems.

Tom Clancy's The Division

A harmless utility for creating beautiful screenshots (in addition to the free flight of the camera allows you to change the in-game weather, lighting and display HUD) from the Finnish modder-enthusiast first appeared in 2016. However, she “did not like” the anti-cheat system built into The Division, which developers presented later. As a consequence, the program was completely blocked. Then Matti decided to slightly modify the instrument and finished work on it in the first days of February. Missing Cinematic Tools gamers immediately began to do poetic-depressive screenshots of the snow-covered New York City The Division. But their joy did not last long. Already on Tuesday, February 6, Hietanen reported on Twitter that for his program he received a lifetime ban from Ubisoft.

“We found that you have repeatedly committed acts of suspicious activity from your account that contradict our rules. Please, take into account that we have taken the necessary measures to protect the gaming experience for other gamers, resulting in a permanent ban of your account. You will never be able to play Tom Clancy’s The Division again, “Ubisoft’s official appeal to Hietanen said.

Tom Clancy's The Division

And, again, in the anti-cheat system. Despite the fact that Cinematic Tools is in no way intended for a dishonest competitive game, it was built using the well-known utility Cheat Engine, which allows you to “dig” into the game files. As Matti himself assures, he used it to figure out how to incorporate into his program the function of changing day and night, as well as weather effects. He did not even expect that all applications based on the Cheat Engine are automatically detected by the system as banned. Changing the same in-game files contradicts the terms of the user agreement with Ubisoft, under which – usually without looking – put a “tick” gamers buying games from this company.

Since Hietanen was blocked by the anti-cheat system automatically and without parsing the situation by living people, he hopes that the ban can be removed. Matti has already appealed to Ubisoft for review of his case. While no one answered him.

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