Some of the most dedicated Lost Ark players have been caught in lockdown waves

Lost Ark, the hugely popular free-to-play MMORPG from Smilegate and Amazon Games, is still going strong after its hugely popular launch earlier this year. For those out there who have done everything they can to explore all the vistas and challenges the game has to offer An unexpected lockdown may be lurking around the corner.

This all stems from a popular post on the Lost Ark forums where user Aionion created a thread after seeing several players claiming they had been wrongly given unfair 3-day suspensions. From their own claims, as well as the anecdotal information posted by those in the thread, these temporary bans seem to affect those who have put hundreds of hours into Lost Ark.

While claims of banned players should always be taken with a pinch of salt, the sheer number of players claiming the same type of bans out of nowhere made it a little harder to dismiss these complaints as nothing more than post-ban salt. Further down the thread, posts with screenshots of ban requests not directed in the player’s direction and stating that bans are warranted make this whole situation even more of a head-scratcher.

Okay, let’s take a step back and assume that at least a portion of these players were indeed unfairly banned. What could have led to this situation? Well, just last week, an official post on the Lost Ark forums claimed that a ban wave had removed a million bot accounts from the game. It also noted that these efforts to combat botting were “just one step in an ongoing battle.”

Alternatively, there are reports of speed hacking in Lost Ark allowing some nefarious people to level through the game incredibly fast and these bans could hit people unintentionally to stop this problem.

It’s possible that in an attempt to contain the botting issue, certain players who spent significant amounts of time in the game accidentally got caught in the crossfire between Amazon Games and botters. If in-game time, large gold transfers, or other actions were flagged as potentially suspicious, then theoretically these hardcore players could be flagged.

We reached out to Amazon Games late yesterday for an opinion on the matter and whether they have identified some of these bans as unwarranted or if they are just bans. Just this morning an official reply was posted to the thread explaining what happened.

“During this period, a number of accounts were banned as a result of one of our speed hack detection programs. While almost all of these bans hit real speed hackers, the program seems to have flagged some lag/connection issues as speed hacks. resulting in a small number of players being banned as false positives.

Accounts involved should now no longer be banned and if you have been caught in this wave of bans we want you to know that there will be no strike against your account and no consequences. We apologize for any stress or confusion this may have caused and we are working hard to strengthen our cheat detection tools to both target bots and prevent such situations in the future.”

While this may have caused temporary concern among affected parties, this appears to have been an unfortunate side effect of anti-hacking measures. While everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, it’s clear that future moves in the fight against those looking to cheat their way to the top of Lost Ark may not come without additional casualties. However, if they continue to fix misfires like they’ve done here, hopefully it won’t be a big problem.

For more Lost Ark content, check out our guide to farming pirate coins, as well as everything added with the Lost Ark March update. Some of the most dedicated Lost Ark players have been caught in lockdown waves

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