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Escape From Tarkov players outraged over “unfair” item trading bans

Published: 7/Aug/2020 23:50 Updated: 8/Aug/2020 13:19

by Bill Cooney


Escape From Tarkov developer Battlestate Games has apparently been banning players either temporarily or permanently for in-game trading of items, while fans are claiming there’s nothing in the rules or EULA to stop them from sharing their loot in a certain way.

Since Tarkov’s initial release in 2017, one of the most common ways of sharing or trading loot has been to simply drop the items during a raid with a friend or teammate, so they can then pick it up and leave with it in their inventory. 

Now, Battlestate has started handing out punishments for overusing this method, ranging from temporary 90-day suspensions to full-on permanent bans – and players aren’t too happy about the developer’s change in attitude.

On July 6, Battlestate tweeted that “large and constant distribution of items in raids to other players” would be “regarded as boosting, which is prohibited in our game.”

Since then, multiple players have reported bans falling under this new “no-sharing” rule, which doesn’t appear in Tarkov’s end user license agreement, or official game rules at the time of writing, though boosting is mentioned in the rules.

Several users who didn’t catch the Tweet from Battlestate have complained about being banned since the new rule was put into place, saying that they had no way of knowing this common way of trading loot was now a no-go.

Sharing a bit of unwanted Scav loot with a buddy shouldn’t immediately flag your account though, Battlestate mentions “a large and consistent distribution of items.” If you are using the system as a way to trade items and make money often outside of the Flea Market, you might want to change tactics.

Escape from Tarkov cover imagery.
Battlestate Games
Battlestate aren’t targeting everyone, but if you drop trade often with high-value items, you might be in trouble.

Escape from Tarkov updates and its social feeds are posted in the game’s launcher, but it is understandably frustrating to be banned for something that was only posted on Twitter, and used to be just part of how the game went.

Like we said, the odd in-game trade here and there probably won’t run afoul of Battlestate, but doing it repeatedly as a way to make money and to give your friends a head-start will now definitely draw you some unwanted attention.

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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.

Battlestate Games
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!