343 Industries is cracking down on players using exploits in Halo: Reach

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What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has taken action against players using exploits to farm experience.
  • You can be banned for up to one month for using this exploit.
  • Further action will be taken as necessary.

Halo developer 343 Industries has officially taken action against Halo: Reach players who have been making use of an exploit to artificially boost their experience gains. Using rubber bands or other objects, many players rigged their controllers to spin them around endlessly in matchmaking games, particularly Grifball; this allowed them to dodge the AFK protection systems in-game and gain experience for completing matches that they didn't play, ruining the gameplay experience for many people who just wanted to play normal matches.

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Based on multiple responses to the official notification of the ban by 343 Industries' support account on Twitter, it looks like players who were punished have recieved up to one month bans for their exploiting. It's likely that continuing to AFK farm after a ban will cause a more severe punishment to occur, although there hasn't been word about what that would be at this time. Players who think they were falsely banned can submit a ticket to the official Halo support site.

Personally, I'm glad that 343 Industries has taken relatively swift action here, although I do think that a one month ban for a first offense is a bit on the harsh side. Then again, there's no way that anyone can participate in AFK farming and not know that what they're doing is ruining the game for other people, so I digress.

Halo: Reach is available now for $10 on PC through both Steam and the Windows 10 Store, as well as on Xbox One as an add-on to the Master Chief Collection for the same price.

Brendan Lowry

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7 Comments
  • I played many many matches like this, and honestly trying to play or win while your supposed team mates are using this glitch... It ruins everything. Good job
  • "attempting to artificially advance through the progression system in MCC"
    How dare they try to artificially advance through the progression system of a game!!! https://www.tweaktown.com/news/67498/gears-5s-microtransactions-entirely...
    https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F%2Fclick.linksynergy.co... hmm...
  • Come on, you're smarter than that. It's 343 Industries that is cracking down, not The Coalition, they are different developers.
  • Didn't Halo 5 have Pay to Win in a certain game mode?
  • Yeah, Halo 5 had loot boxes for the War mode which I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called. That being said, this isn't just them gaining experience, it is also adversely affecting other people on your team, so it actually is a detriment to other players, whereas paying for loot boxes doesn't directly affect other players.
  • Req packs. But yeah, I know the difference between the two. I was just having a go at MS's policy with artificial progression by paying.
    I think cracking down on these is a good thing. I know this can be very annoying thing in a multiplayer game. I just found their tweet and the words "artificially advance through the progression system" funny...
  • But you are paying for that privlage, so that makes it more right than a rubber band. 😝