Lost Ark bans players for inactivity

Lost Ark is under fire again after issuing permanent bans to inactive players, which leaves a mark on their Steam profiles.

In a move that left countless players confused and frustrated, The Lost Ark issued permanent bans to inactive players, some with dozens of hours of play and others who spent money on the free-to-play game. Thus, The Lost Ark has faced a review bombshell on Steam as more and more players are being notified that they have been banned.

It’s no secret that The Lost Ark has a major bot problem and the developers have gone to great lengths to reduce the growing bot population with increased security and more restrictions on new accounts. Being a free-to-play game, it’s all too easy for scammers and farmers to come in and disrupt the economy and player base with little risk on their part. In what appears to be a draconian measure to somehow protect the game from bad actors, The Lost Ark went even further with this latest move.


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Thousands of players launched Steam this weekend only to be told they’ve been permanently banned from The Lost Ark, a game they probably haven’t played in almost a year. This wave of bans targets inactive players, but amazingly uses Steam’s anti-cheat system to do it. This leaves a pretty nasty mark on any Steam user’s profile, indicating that they’ve been banned from one or more games, and should be used to identify cheaters or unruly players. The Lost ArkIts record release last year means that a large number of otherwise innocent players are being branded as cheaters for briefly trying out a very popular free-to-play game.


It’s difficult to pin down the exact criteria for the inactivity ban, as a lot of Steam reviews reporting on the ban show a range of histories. Some players who have been banned have up to 40 hours of gameplay, but not since the game’s release last February. Others, meanwhile, have less than 10 hours of gameplay, but have been banned for not playing for the past six months or so. Others report being banned despite paying money for The Lost ArkHis Founder’s Pack, which gave players a few days of early access to the game.

It’s an odd move considering most games try to win back inactive players rather than ban them outright, and it may have done irreparable damage The Lost Arkhis reputation goes on. Understandably, many players would rather try other free-to-play MMORPGs that won’t mark them as cheaters later.

The Lost Ark is available on PC.

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Source: Steam

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