Usually I read the World of Tanks Reddit subsection every day, but with with everything going on in my private life, time is something I didn’t have and I’ve missed a few things going on. One of them was quite important because it was regarding the Fair Play Policy introduced by Wargaming at the beginning of November.
MeatheadMilitia as published a short Q&A regarding what is illegal and what is not. There are a few mods there, that in my opinion should be banned but seems Wargaming is considering them. Remember, this new Policy is the same across all servers, so what is illegal in RU, is illegal in NA, EU and SEA, or vice-versa. I’ve added my comments for each question in between parentheses.
Question: The ability to lock onto a target that isn’t highlighted, is that illegal? (H: Autoaim + Mod should have been banned a long time ago)
Answer: This is now considered a cheat.
Question: Why not just get rid of all mods?
Answer: We love mods, we just find some of the mods functions create an unfair advantage, which is why you’ll see us talking about functionality instead of specific mods.
Question: Can Wargaming ban me without giving reason and/or evidence? (H: People who are banned want to find out why and it’s good WG is not telling them why)
Answer: When we ban someone for using cheats, we state in the message that a forbidden game function was used. We don’t provide any details on when a player was detected or what kind of cheat was detected because we don’t want to compromise our detection methods. It’s actually a widespread thing in the gaming industry – for example, VAC bans work in a similar way.
Question: Why not just ban people outright for using cheats? (H: Cheaters should never get a second opportunity, but there we go, can’t let the game player base decrease much.)
Answer: Striking down the hammer is permanent. We want to give people an opportunity to course correct and continue to enjoy World of Tanks.
Question: When will the cheat detection system start working? (H: The good is that we don’t what it is so cheaters can’t counter it, the bad, people don’t believe in it)
Answer: It is up and running
Question: Do Warnings/Bans/Points on your account ever get removed or reset?
Answer: Its 2 strikes and you’re out. For the first offence the player gets a 7-days ban, for the 2nd – permaban. There are no plans to reset flags over a time period for now.
Question: Is Arty Battle Assist still approved by Wargaming to use? (H: Should be implemented in the game)
Answer: Yes, we’re still okay with it.
Question: What about the function that shows and calculates Camo and detectability rating in-game? (H: A cheat that removes the need to learn a game mechanism, WG is actually thinking on implementing?)
Answer: This is currently under consideration.
Question: Can we use mods that change the color of destroyed tanks? (H: Funny that WG Policy for Mod Creators stats that such mods are illegal?)
Answer: Yes, you can use mods that change the color of destroyed tanks.
Question: Can I use a mod that allows me to zoom out more? (H: Used to be illegal but WG changed their mind a long time ago)
Answer: Yes, you can use a mod which allows you to zoom out further from your own tank.
Question: Are reload timers illegal? (H: People actually ask this? Really?)