Bungie Says Third-Party Apps Aren't the Reason Why Some Destiny 2 PC Players are Banned, So What Is? [Update]

Bungie Says Third-Party Apps Aren't the Reason Why Some Destiny 2 PC Players are Banned, So What Is? [Update]

Some PC players are reporting getting banned in Destiny 2 for no reason.

Update: Bungie has put up a blog post regarding the ban situation, clarifying some details while raising a few more questions.

For starters, Bungie says that it banned 400 players yesterday for "using tools that pose a threat to the shared ecosystem of the game." Bungie maintains that it does not ban any player automatically, and only does so after a manual investigation. Four bans will be overturned however, contrary to what Bungie previously said.

Bungie also reaffirmed that it will not ban anyone for using third-party overlays or performance tools like Discord, OBS, etc.

While cheating in a PC game is not unusual, and no doubt the basis for plenty of bans, there are still reports from players who maintain they were banned shortly after logging in. If they were part of the four bans being overturned, it does indicate that Bungie's moderation system is not perfect at this time.

Original Story: Destiny 2 has been out on PC for less than a day and players are already getting banned. Only, some players don't really know why.

Originally believed to be an issue with third-party apps disturbing the game, Bungie has since denied that to be the case.

The Destiny 2 subreddit and official forums are flooded with multiple complaints from players who've been banned, but haven't figured out why. This isn't to say some players haven't been getting banned without reason. But some players are reporting that all they've done is log in before getting banned.

From the Bungie forums

Originally, players started warning one another that third-party capture apps and overlays were causing players to become banned.

This was the conclusion since earlier this year Bungie stated that these exact kinds of applications would be blocked from use in Destiny 2, to prevent any tampering with the game client.

However, Bungie representatives have been telling Destiny community members that third-party capture apps, while blocked, will not cause players to get banned. Bungie even issued a statement saying, "Third-party applications that aren't compatible with Destiny 2 may cause the game to not run but won't result in a ban."

It's still unclear exactly why some players are getting banned, or temporarily restricted. Bungie maintains that at this point it will not overturn any of the bans, permanent or temporary, but the issue remains.

If you've been banned from Destiny 2 on PC please feel free to contact us. We will continue to follow the story as it develops.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Matt Kim

News Editor

Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

Related articles

Stardew Valley Just Got Beaches, Fish Tanks, Swimming Ducks, and a Whole Lot More

Nearly five years on, Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone just pushed what he says is Stardew's "biggest update yet."

Alien: Isolation Is Free on Epic and Just As Good as It Was in 2014

Get the motion tracker and don't go in the vents.

Shigeru Miyamoto Expresses Confidence in the Younger Generation of Nintendo

The legendary creator says the spirit will stay alive.

You may also like

Press Start to Continue

A look back on what we tried to accomplish at USgamer, and the work still to be done.

Mat's Farewell | The Truth Has Not Vanished Into Darkness

This isn't the real ending, is it? Can't be.

Eric's Farewell | Off to Find a New Challenger

It's time for us to move on, but we'll carry USG with us wherever we go.