Black Ops 2 security and enforcement policy outlines ban hammers

Sunday, 11th November 2012 23:35 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be strictly policed, if Treyarch’s updated list of infractions and punishments is anything to go by. Find out what qualifies you for the ban hammer.

Although Treyarch promises to subject all infractions to a “thorough review process” before enforcing, “penalty is not subject to further review”, according to the Call of Duty community site.

Punishment is meted out according to severity of the offence committed; temporary bans will range from 48 hours to two weeks, while permanent bans are “lasting and final”.

“A minor offense is one in which no quantifiable damage has been done to another user or the game community at large. An extreme offense is one in which a player has caused detriment to other users or has organized large groups of users to commit additional offenses,” the developer elaborated.

The full security and enforcement policy is posted below.

  • Modding / Hacking: Any user who runs a modified version of game code or uses a modified game profile is subject to penalty.
  • Pirated Content: Any user who illegally acquires Call of Duty: Black Ops II content is subject to penalty.
  • Unsupported Peripheral Devices and Applications: Any user who utilizes an unsupported external hardware device or application to interact with the game is subject to penalty. Unsupported peripheral devices and applications include but are not limited to modded controllers, IP flooders and lag switches.
  • Boosting: Any user who colludes with another user to exploit the game for the purpose of gaining XP, prestige, game score, weapon level, or in-game unlock is subject to penalty.
  • Glitching: Any user who abuses an exploit in game code or other established rule of play is subject to penalty. An example includes but is not limited to using a hole in the map geo to intentionally go outside of the map boundary.
  • Offensive Behavior: Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory or racially charged language is subject to penalty.
  • Offensive Emblems: Any user who creates an emblem with sexually gratuitous images, racially offensive material or foul language is subject to penalty.
  • Offensive Live Streams or Unauthorized Live Stream Content: Any user who is found to have offensive or unauthorized content in their live stream is subject to penalty. Offensive content includes but is not limited to foul language, racially charged language, and nudity. Unauthorized content includes but is not limited to unlicensed music, TV shows, movies and brand logos.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launches from midnight tonight on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and arrives on Wii U at launch.

Thanks, That VideoGame Blog.



  1. trflach

    ” but is not limited to using a hole in the map geo to intentionally go outside of the map boundary”

    Is this not what testers and patches are for? I’ve never understood why penalties are laid out against people who are just using what was mistakenly put into the game. Don’t get me wrong, I hate it when people use it to their advantage, I just find it silly that developers blame and punish the players for their own mistakes.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Karooo

    “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launches on November 18 in the US and November 30 in Europe and beyond.”

    Umm Brenna.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. stretch215

    November 13 u.s. release

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    Sorry dudes, I put the Wii U launch date while running on auto-pilot. I have typed it approximately sixty gazillion times this month already. It hits Australia in less than eight hours, too. *brainfart*

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Gekidami

    You cant “test and patch” for people pirating the game, using external mods, boosting and making offensive UGC.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. DaleWilson

    Offensive Behavior: Any user who is found to use aggressive, offensive, derogatory or racially charged language is subject to penalty.

    “Aggressive”????? Does anyone remember this is a game , displaying in sometimes rather gruesome detail, the up-close-and-personal termination of many other individuals of the same species? Or are we to play this ‘killing game’ in a ‘kinder, gentler way’?

    “Offensive”????? What is offensive is, for the most part, maybe 99.999999999999999999% of the time, a totally SUBJECTIVE call. You may be offended if I call you a ‘doughnut’. Likewise, I might be offended if you call me any one of 10′s of thousands of various words in both the English language, and in numerous others, as I am fluent in 13.

    “Derogatory”????? Would this include calling someone on your team who destroys your equipment or kills you and steals your care package “A Son of A
    Rat Bastard”? Or telling someone, who is plainly in the game to be a trouble maker, that they should crawl back up their mother’s leg? Or that going 4 and 29 means “they suck more than a Hoover Vacuum”?

    “Racially charged”????? Does this mean ‘gay’ and ‘faggot’ type remarks are OK?, as they are actually a different species, and not an ethnic or racial group? Would it include “You must drink a lot of chocolate milk”? Or something like “Your momma was making Oreos when you were conceived”?

    Short of threatening bodily harm , in the real world, almost all of these categories are protected forms of speech under the Constitution, and the Supreme Court of the U.S.A. has affirmed that on many occasions.

    Black Ops II IS NOT KUNGFU PANDA !!! It is also not STAR WARS LEGO !!! It is labelled as being for “MATURE” individuals, which has been interpreted for the most part in the U.S.A., as being for those who have reached an age of 17 or older.

    When was the last time you actually spent some time at a high school or junior high school? Almost all of the categories you have listed here are regularly broached by a majority of students on a daily basis.

    Some people might be ‘offended’ by your apparent lack of knowledge and insight into the current state of societal mores, the widespread use of expletives, the still prevalent disdain and loathing by most of the ‘herd’ for those who are acutely ‘different’. Good luck on enforcing these ‘guidelines’.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Acinixys


    Im fairly sure they’re just covering their asses. CoD MP and swearing go hand in hand. They’ll probably just B& people who are racist or sexist, because if they ban Livestreamers for sewaring, EVERY streamer will be banned.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Relliklaires

    They said, “thorough review process”, WTF ever. Guess if I made $500 million in 24hrs, I’d say anything to fill my pockets too. Hell politicians do this all the time for votes. If you ask me, all of them don’t give a flying F*** anymore.

    #8 2 years ago

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