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Earlier this month, Ubisoft released a statement saying that they were going to come down hard on so-called ‘AFK Farmers’ in For Honor.

For those unfamiliar with the practice, players are able to go AFK (away from keyboard) and keep their in-game character moving throughout a match (ex. tying a rubber band on the control stick), garnering end-game rewards and progression without actually playing. The “farming” aspect comes about when these players use this technique frequently to gain a large amount of these rewards.

Fast-forward to yesterday and Ubisoft has slammed down 1500 AFK farmers with a temporary ban. An additional 4000 AFK farmers have been detected by their anti-cheat system and they can expect to receive a warning in the coming days. If those players get caught cheating again, they’ll get a temporary or permanent ban, depending on the “severity of the behavior”.

Here’s a list of breaches that could get you banned from playing For Honor:

  • Cheating (hacking, exploits, bots…)
  • Misconduct (scamming, account trading, false reports…)
  • Harassment
  • Staff impersonation
  • Offensive user generated content (emblems)
  • Inappropriate usernames
  • Advertising

Ubisoft ended their post on Reddit with repeating Ubisoft’s community values:

Honor: Fight, win and lose with Honor. Support your teammates.

Respect: Respect your opponents and other community members, inside and outside the game.

Share: Share your experience, share tips and hints, spread the word! Looking forward meeting you all on the battlefields!


Quick Take

It’s good to see Ubisoft reacting swiftly when it comes to cheaters in For Honor. Cheaters make playing competitively impossible and in a game about melee combat against other players, having an edge over your opponent is high on the priority list. Cheating in online games never goes well, and Ubisoft being willing to turn your full-priced game into an expensive paperweight by way of banning you should dissuade some people from cheating their way to the end game. 

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Chris Anderson

Assoc. News Editor

I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.