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Bungie Takes Action Against Cheaters Using Third-Party Input Devices in Destiny 2

Not all controllers are good controllers.

Bungie, the developer behind the online multiplayer first-person shooter video game Destiny 2, has announced that it will take action against players who use third-party input devices such as XIM and Cronus to cheat in PvP gameplay. The announcement came after complaints from top level players that cheaters were gaining an unfair advantage by using these peripherals to turn off weapon recoil completely on the controller or add extra aim assist.

These programmable controllers can have legitimate uses related to accessibility, but they have also been a major source of cheating across a variety of online multiplayer FPS games. Bungie has made it clear that it will embrace the use of external accessibility aids that enable the game designers' intended experience, but it will take action, including bans, against those who abuse these tools to gain an advantage over other players.

Bungie's stance on third-party peripherals entering their villain arc is included in the studio's weekly blog post, which clarifies that the tech being targeted includes programmable controllers, keyboard and mouse adapters, advanced macros, or automation via artificial intelligence. Bungie plans to cast a wide net in its efforts to detect cheating and will evaluate all gameplay for violations.

While PvP is the focus of the policy, PvE shenanigans will also be investigated, as the benefits of cheating in PvE can affect things like the World First Race or spill over into PvP. Bungie has indicated that players who abuse these tools rise in PvP ranks at a rate far beyond what is expected for a player improving through typical play.

You can check out your stats and all relevant leaderboards for Destiny 2 over on the official Destiny section of Tracker Network.

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