Escape from Tarkov

Another massive ban wave hits Escape From Tarkov

Published: 1/Jun/2020 0:09

by Bill Cooney

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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 0.12.6.7456 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.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect explains what Warzone could learn from Escape from Tarkov

Published: 12/Jan/2021 16:55

by David Purcell

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Dr Disrespect is never one to keep an opinion to himself on the big shooter games and the same goes for Warzone, as he’s pointed the game’s developers could learn a thing or two from Escape from Tarkov. 

EFT has been up and down in terms of popularity in the last 12 months, enjoying purple patches where streamers like xQc, Summit1g, and shroud have jumped in to boost its popularity. One of those big personalities was Doc, who played Tarkov multiple times for his audience to watch along.

His stint on it was never really consistent enough to call it his main game, whereas Warzone has been a staple of the Champions Club streams for some time.

Now though, the Two-Time has singled out one feature where the Call of Duty title just doesn’t compare.

Warzone character skydiving without a parachute
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Warzone has had many major updates since Black Ops Cold War released, but audio issues remain present.

Dr Disrespect on Warzone audio issues

During his YouTube stream on January 11, the self-proclaimed best video gamer in the world lashed out at the battle royale’s audio after a defeat. He claimed that it made it sound like opponents were 100 feet away in a warehouse, before creeping up on him.

He said: “A game like Escape from Tarkov, a game that has perfect audio, blows this game’s audio out by 500% – trust me.

“Trust me, any real gamer would say the same thing. It blows this audio out by like a thousand, but the reason why is because it caters to (competitive players). You hear something at a distance, a shot, footstep, you hear it!”

The streamer proceeded to imitate the sound in Warzone, making loud beatbox-style noises with his mic.

Discussion starts at 1:12:48 in the video below. 

This isn’t the first game that Doctor Disrespect’s had a problem with, from an audio standpoint. Almost all battle royale games have come under fire at the hands of the Two-Time, who has previously mocked Fortnite, Apex Legends, and others for the same thing.

It appears that Escape from Tarkov – despite not being as popular a game as Activision’s – is one that he actually admires.

Whether or not future updates will address the issue he’s highlighted remains to be seen, but until that time it looks like he’s going to have some big frustrations on Verdansk and Rebirth Island.