Destiny 2 officially released for PC earlier today and there are already a number of players that have been banned in this short duration. In contrast to most scenarios, the ban-wave largely stems from the fact that the game has a strict policy when it comes to applications running in the background.
Posting on the official website, Bungie has pointed out that the PC version of Destiny 2 will “resist attempts” by third-party applications for access. This does not only include suspiciously injected code for cheating purposes but also a number of common services that players have been using for years.
To begin with, the only method to stream and capture gameplay footage is to use Nvidia Shadowplay or AMD ReLive while playing in fullscreen. Using applications such as OBS and XSplit in any way is not permitted. Other recording software such as Razer Cortex, Fraps, and Dxtory also have similar restrictions.
Secondly, players will be banned in Destiny 2 for using overlays from third-party applications. This includes applications for voice communications such as Discord and Mumble as well as for hardware monitoring such as MSI Afterburner, EVGA Precision, and Fraps.
“The examples listed are not all encompassing, and players may encounter issues with the features of other applications that rely on code being inserted into the game client,” Bungie warned. “Players are to run these applications’ features at their discretion while running Destiny 2.”
As far as the developer is concerned, the PC version of Destiny 2 will run fine as long as players disable overlays and use the aforementioned applications for streaming and capturing. However, many have reported that they were banned nonetheless for running absolutely nothing but the Battle.net client in the background. One player shared on Reddit that he was running the game on a new laptop with just the operating system and the game itself but was still banned.
It is unknown as to how long the ban will last. Many are in the process of contacting the support team for an answer while others are asking around for a refund.