DICE threatens BF3 beta players with account bans

Monday, 3rd October 2011 01:13 GMT By Matt Williams

DICE has released a statement to participants in the Battlefield 3 beta, claiming that EA may ban the accounts of players who join “any unofficial/hacked servers”.

On Saturday the Battlefield 3 Blog added a news post claiming that the beta had been hacked to allow alternative game modes with support for up to 128 players. Officially, the Battlefield 3 beta features support for a maximum of up to 32 players in Rush mode on the Operation Metro map.

DICE claims that they have “tested out Operation Metro on conquest with 64 and 128 players, and can confirm their existence, albeit, the 128 player server lagged considerably.”

As a result, DICE have released a statement on Battlelog informing beta participants that joining any unofficial/hacked servers can “compromise your EA account and have it banned by EA”.

The proposed ban would affect not only access to the Battlefield 3 beta, but would also render any other EA games associated with the banned account inaccessible.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. PenTaFH

    Wow, isn’t this a bit of an overreaction, EA?

    You put it out there as a beta test. So, why not test if it’s vulnerable to certain hacks? Then, while we have the possibility, let’s try to help DICE and test more aspects of the game!

    Of course, the gathered intel about the hackability should’ve been put through to DICE and then left alone, but hello, I’d like to still be able to play Mass Effect 2.

    Not that I have partaken in any illegal servers though. I haven’t partaken much in the BF3 beta period. On consoles it looked mediocre, and on the PC it’s just a little big of a hurdle to start Origin, then run Battlelog, then try my luck for ten minutes to find a decent server, and finally start playing a truly buggy (I know it’s beta, but there’s a lot still that needs fixing. In a few days.) game while The Witcher 2 is just right there, one buttonclick away, on my desktop.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. blackdreamhunk

    I am so disappointed with battlefield 3 now 64 players only when the pc can handle 128 players.

    I agree with above ^^^ poster that means the game hackable.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Yoshi

    I saw a server with 200 players max XD And it can’t be that bloody laggy with 124 players because I saw a server full so people were clearly enjoying it enough. There was also a team deathmatch server I saw with similar amount of players. DICE and EA seem to talk too much shit these days while ruining their franchises :/

    #3 3 years ago
  4. jacobvandy

    Yet another inaccurate and inflammatory headline from VG247…

    DICE warning people that playing on unofficial servers could cause problems with your EA account is not the same as them THREATENING people with bans. If anything they’re being nice, trying to help people with no common sense that would go and absentmindedly break the EULA and then come back whining to DICE that it’s their fault their account was disabled.

    If you want to play on a hacked server, fine, but YOU alone are responsible for the consequences that may or may not come down on your head. Who knows if people would even get banned at all, but EA would have grounds for doing so if they wanted to, which is all the warning was about.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. KAP

    VG247 does it alot. You’ll get used to it mate, god knows I have.
    What ever I read from this site I take with a grain of salt…. Even when they use the words “official”.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Freek

    Saying that using such servers can compromise your account and may lead to a ban is not a helpfull hint, it is threat to force users to do what you want them to do.
    There is no technical reason to ban anyone who used an unofficial server, it doesn’t break the game or infect your PC in anyway and as such there is no “friendly warning” just another publisher waging war on it’s fans.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. GrimRita

    64 players on Metro? Wow! It must have been a nightmare because theres no way it could handle 64 players. Not because of ‘lag’ but because its just too small and littered with ‘choke points’.

    And banning ALL players games is a typical EA piss take. Just dont buy their shit, problem solved.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. manamana

    And you ain’t going to buy Bf3, yes we already know that, since you state it over and over again. Will be interesting in say, a month, if you still havent bought it….

    #8 3 years ago
  9. albo88

    i just uninstalled the bet for that genetic error code 1 thing big fuck u to dice and EA if u cant handle e beta that dont do it fuck faces at last on MOH beta i played something with lags but i play it wile in this browser join game shit cant even load up nothing
    so yeah fuk dice fuk EA
    canceling my pre order and getting in stand by mod watching how will the final game come out

    #9 3 years ago
  10. kn00tcn

    come on, the ban is for the compromised account, not that you joined a hacked server

    dumb comments & headline…

    the forum link doesnt work either

    #10 3 years ago

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