Fallout 76 players use of third-party modifications was banned

Bethesda has banned a swath of Fallout 76 players for using third-party software, including mods and cheating programs. If those players want to get their accounts back, they do have a way to appeal the decision — as long as they’re willing to write an essay in defense of their actions.

Mod software can be used for a range of effects, such as making a player unkillable or duplicating rare items and money. But some of the barred players said they used third-party modifications only to improve the game’s graphics or fix persistent issues, or make changes that otherwise don’t alter gameplay or affect other players.

Modding has been a contentious topic since before the launch of Fallout 76. Both the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series have long had highly active and expansive modding communities; quite possibly among the largest for any gaming franchise. However, Fallout 76 does not currently offer mod support. Indeed, Bethesda have said that it could take a year post-launch for it to get implementation. The problem is that whilst all previous Elder Scrolls and Fallout games have been single-player experiences, Fallout 76 is an online multiplayer title. Whereas before, if a player used mods it would only affect their own game, now they can be used to gain significant and unfair advantages over other players. Come to mmocs.com now, you can buy Fallout 76 Atoms with fast delivery and 100% safety.

No image of the actual email was provided, so many readers were suspicious, but YouTuber and Fallout 76 community member JuiceHead shared a video that provided more evidence of the supposed essay emails. Covering the topic in the video, the YouTuber acknowledged that emails can be easy to fake, but shared screenshots of three different instances of the email that came from different sources with each one of the messages reading the same as the next.

That’s a comically strange way to give players a chance to overturn their bans, but Bethesda has been known to be cheeky in the past. As far as receipts go, there are screenshots of identical support emails included in the video, which suggest that these users may not be joking around.

Instead, we need to focus on what Bethesda demanded from users who wanted to appeal their ban. On at least three separate occasions, Bethesda told users that if they wanted the ban lifted, they’d need to write an essay on “why the use of third-party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community.” So, in other words, Bethesda tried to set alleged cheaters straight by acting as if it’s your fourth-grade teacher.

Even assuming that those banned players are guilty of cheating, Bethesda requiring an essay before it will consider lifting the ban is definitely a unique approach. It’s just one more thing that makes this whole Fallout 76 debacle even more convoluted. We’ll see how this whole thing shakes out, so stay tuned.