The Hunt exploit continued to be the number one topic within the community over the weekend (to no one’s surprise). While players controversially discussed the impact and who should get punished, Cryptic had already started the process of banning selected accounts.
As usual the sanctions range from 3-day suspensions to perma-bans. The devs really seem to focus those that not only participated in the exploit, but did actively help spreading it on social media. We know of at least one bigger content creator that got locked permanently.
What’s certainly interesting is that the exploited rough Astral Diamond were hardly worth a ban. A million is ten days of work . At best you’re talking about a suspension. So the ban shows how serious the devs punished spreading the exploit.
*** Edit: *** Putzboy makes some valid points in the comments why the exploit might have been worse than the sum of the Salvage.
Exploiting & Monetization
The monetization aspect is kinda weird though. I guess that streamer could give them the $5 they made? Plus, the account would still be banned if the video hadn’t been monetized, right? So why even bother? Definitely feels silly, because it’s not like anyone literally stole from the company. Following that path of logic would also eventually mean that all content creators would have to pay games, which is obviously hilarious. Influencers are assets, even if stuff like this occasionally happens. That being said though, maybe they refer to some section in their terms of service here that we’re unaware of.
The Hunt exploit also led to the a bunch of deleted threads on Reddit. People naturally wanted to talk about it while moderation naturally suppressed even mentioning the incident. You know, just a normal day over there. Now that the whole thing has been fully patched, we think it can’t hurt to allow the community to discuss the implications. But instead Reddit chose to have two ugly days.
Sub Is Not Official, but All but Official
A hilarious side note from the incident by the way: The Subreddit has added a note on the sidebar that they’re not official, because people apparently got confused. You really wonder why that might be the case… It’s not like the sub acts like an extension of Cryptic, right? Anyway the sub is not official, but all but official. It hosts official events, fully obeys the official ToS, and is listed in the ARC launcher. Again: Not sure why people get confused when they’re so “independant”.
In the wake of the drama some players opened another, unmoderated sub for the game by the way. This has been tried before, to no avail however. But in case you want a different environment to discuss the game, you should contribute there and help them grow the audience. The owner by the way contacted us whether we are ok with using our brand name for the sub, which we don’t mind. But we obviously don’t admin it and can’t help with any issues over there.
Phew, that Hunt Exploit fellas… Still dominating the news! What do you think about the bans, the state of the Subreddit, and the focus of hunting down those that helped spread the exploit? Share your thoughts on our social channels, in the comments below, or visit our message board!
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