We caught him making a few hundred multis over 6 months ago. He used these to get blues - lots of them. We’re talking over 100k blues. One reason for improving our tools was to prevent that from ever happening again. We told him very clearly he is never welcome in Battle Dawn again. That sort of cheating is too structural and far reaching and lasted many months. It was planned, malicious and inexcusable.
He made two accounts since, first time he pretended to be someone else until the end and we banned him. That cost him some eras.
Second time is now, this time he decided to come clean after we caught him.
I do believe in second chances, and to be fair he hasn’t had one to my knowledge. Since he at least admitted it’s him, it’s pretty much up to you guys this time.
~ If he is unbanned, in my opinion, he is on a very short leash and even just benefiting from cheating (yes, even by accident) would in my eyes suffice for a ban. This means he will need to ask for permission before, for example, taking outposts or any suspicious conquers.
Additionally I feel it would be appropriate to cap him to play worlds only after requesting as much as it will entail extra work on our behalf.
That said, some things are difficult to catch and take time. Ultimately the community has been the ultimate victim in all this, normally admins give practically anyone a second chance. This case was very extreme and systematic, so ultimately, I do think this is up to you folks. As you all know, finding cheaters takes time. We have better tools now, we can mitigate the effects better, but some stuff is always a risk.
Perhaps such controls are enough, perhaps we can keep him under clear view and have more competition in this game (good for anyone).
But ultimately I think the overall community opinion is very important here.
For the record, any account that seems fake (and we will use admin & mod tools to investigate the votes) will be discarded. On either side of the pool. If no clear decision is reached on the community side, the answer will be No.
If the community wants to give him another chance, the answer is (unless it’s rather convincing…) “In a limited fashion”.
This is one of the worst cases we’ve ever had, but ultimately people do change and ultimately you guys end up playing with him.
Normally, a second chance is given if requested. Seems it’s requested, but yeah. Seeing the nature of this case… a bit more complicated than usual.