Bungie denies reports that overlay apps led to bans

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While Destiny 2 has been out for over a month on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Bungie's shared-world shooter just debuted on PC this week. The usage of 3rd party overlay software however is still prohibited.

"We are committed to providing an experience that is fun and fair for the millions of players who have joined us in this community", say the Destiny Dev Team, and you can't really argue with that.

On Twitter, David Shaw stated that, while Destiny 2 will "block programs from pushing their code into [their] game", which overlays generally do, players won't be banned for it. "Those players have been unbanned". However, a Bungie rep replied, stating that while third-party applications aren't compatible with Destiny 2, the studio isn't issuing bans to those trying it.

Most PC gamers got to enjoy "Destiny 2" this week as the game officially came out for the platform. Bungie later posted an update on Wednesday, saying that approximately 400 players were banned after a manual investigation.

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After Bungie issued its initial explanation for the bans, many players maintained that they had been banned unfairly. Per Bungie's community manager, Cozmo, he said that third-party software isn't the issue and wouldn't result in a perma-ban either way.

If the reports are true, the list of applications prompting bans includes popular streaming apps Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and XSplit, performance tuning kit like Fraps, MSI Afterburner, and EVGA Precision, and even chat overlays like those for Discord and Mumble. There have been bans on their accounts as well, providing no real reason as to why this issue has been happening.

Some players have been completing Destiny 2's main story campaign in a matter of days, but unfortunately there are parts of the endgame that need some overhauls.

When I read this admission of Bungie, I straightaway went to Reddit to check whether any PC player has posted an update of his ban getting overturned and thanks to my luck I found this thread by KevinDL - "Bans are being overturned". "Permanent account bans are only implemented with rigorous checking to ensure that the innocent are not punished alongside the guilty".