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Another massive ban wave hits Escape From Tarkov

Published: 1/Jun/2020 0:09

by Bill Cooney


Escape from Tarkov developer Battlestate Games appears to already have started on some spring cleaning by banning thousands of cheaters to cap off the month of May.

Like any popular multiplayer FPS out there, Tarkov has its fair share of players who feel, for one reason or the other, that they need to use hacks or cheats to gain an advantage.

In the constant battle against cheaters, mass bans are usually a publisher’s way of sending a message, and Battlestate did exactly that by apparently banning over 4,400 accounts in the last few days of May 2020.

Battlestate's head dev Nikita has confirmed the long-awaited Tarkov server wipe is coming
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In a game where dying matters way more than others, cheaters in Tarkov are particularly infuriating.

On May 29, Reddit user SyrasX posted that they had been notified of over 3,000 bans coming from Tarkov’s BattelEye anti-cheat system.

“Just now, BattlEye has banned over 3,000 cheaters in EFT,” they relayed from the EFT Telegram. “We decided that we will now let you know about large BE ban waves.”

It seems the publisher is sticking to their word, because on May 31 they announced almost 1,500 bans, and promised players that the “fight” against cheaters would continue.

But despite these impressive numbers, some Tarkov players aren’t convinced Battlestate is doing enough to really fix the problem.

“BSG have been banning this many for a little while now and it has done nothing in the larger scheme of things,” CartmanBrah23 asserted in response to the Reddit post. “This news is somewhat meaningless, unfortunately.”

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Tarkov devs seem to be taking aim at cheaters, but will it be enough to actually change things?

The new policy of sharing Tarkov ban numbers by Battlestate came right along with the latest character wipe resetting player’s progress with the release of the patch on Thursday, May 28.

Character resets are always the big news in patches, but the update also improved Scavs to cooperate together, and also sought to cut down on botting in the flea market by implementing a captcha system.

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How to access Escape from Tarkov’s early test server

Published: 13/Nov/2020 16:30 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 16:37

by Lauren Bergin


Battlestate Games have always been about building a fun community, but now they’re letting players influence the game design itself by launching the Escape from Tarkov Early Test Server. 

Escape from Tarkov’s developers, Battlestate Games, has always had a reputation for communicating with the game’s fanbase. By doing this, they’ve formed a dedicated community of players and fans who truly live and breathe the game.

These fans know that the updates for Tarkov are few and far between, normally coming in big chunks instead of occasional drip-fed updates. The announcement of new guns in early November certainly caused a stir, especially with Streets of Tarkov still looming somewhere on the horizon.

To add to the excitement, Tarkov’s devs have come up with an interesting way of including their fans in the development process: the Early Test Server.

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Streets of Tarkov is hopefully coming soon, but fans may be included in its development

What is the Early Test Server?

The Tarkov early test program works similarly to the PBE in LoL or Experimental Mode in Overwatch. As Battlestate’s tweet says, the ETS allows players to “test and run new features, content, and updates before they appear in the game, and allow players to contribute to the world of Escape from Tarkov.”

Additionally, it will help the devs identify any bugs or fixes in a tighter timeframe. Therefore, it will help ensure that any new updates are as polished as possible.

How to access the Early Test Server

In order to participate in the Early Test Server, you must have an active copy of Escape from Tarkov.

To become a part of the Early Test server, simply follow these steps:

  • Activate the launcher.
  • Fill in the ETS form.
  • Await notification that you’ve been selected.

It’s great to see the game’s devs reaching out to their fans to ensure that the Tarkov experience is the best it can be. So, if you fancy shaping the face of Tarkov, apply for the ETS: The possibilities are limitless!