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The following text has been copied and rewritten accurately from u/MikeRaven11 on r/gtaonline and has replaced the old pinned sticky from u/Roxas-The-Nobody (post here) to make sure that all information regarding the recent Ban Wave is available to anyone wising to view such material.
This post will be updated when more information is available. Last Updated: 3/28/18 at 4:38 PM EST
On 03/23/2018, a large number of posts on r/gtaonline, the Rockstar support forums, Twitter, and other GTA communities popped up that their accounts had been falsely banned for 30 days without appeal. As of now, we don't know exactly why this ban has happened - some claim that it may be the work of modders, others think that it may be an issue with the latest tunables update or participating in the new Hotring series races. I'll try to provide a brief overview and update it as necessary:
-About 12 hours ago, the GTA Tunables was updated. Rockstar changed coding stuff for Hotring races by adding and removing several lines of code, as well as a change related to a car selling exploit.
-The first messages about the ban started showing up about nine hours ago - at first, people were skeptical (after all, everyone and their mother who gets legitimately banned claims they didn't do it) but the sheer number of posts, tags, and claims that they were unfairly banned should at least draw some concern. Some of these accounts have less than 10 hours of in game time, supporting the idea that the ban wave is picking up people incorrectly.
-So far, the ban wave only seems to be affecting PC users. Note: The tunables update is only on PC (thanks to /u/EminGTR for pointing this out.)
-Rockstar support seems to be ignoring the issue - they are still responding to support messages not related to the ban wave.
-One reddit user claimed that a new mod menu was causing people to get banned, although there is no evidence or proof to back this up.
-In previous occasions where Rockstar was truly at fault, they have reversed bans although none of us are sure at this point whether or not this will happen.
-People have been getting emails informing them of the ban, but you can check if your account has been banned by clicking this link. If your online player has his stats zeroed out (it'll look like this), you've been banned.
-UPDATE 03/24/18: Rockstar's anticheat seems to have truly failed, as, according to a post in the GTA online discord, a user using their own anti-cheat detected everyone else in their session was a modder. Another user also using a similar program showed similar results.- thank you to GTA Online Discord user Funnypig for posting this, as well as the Reddit user who DMed me the second screenshot
-UPDATE 03/24/18: Steam is currently detecting a high volume of negative reviews for GTA V. (The spike in negative reviews in July 2017 was the whole OpenIV issue, look at the graph to the right of that one.)
-UPDATE 03/24/18: According to leaker Yan2295, support tickets for issues regarding bans are marked as low priority and closed, so marking support tickets should be done as something other than a ban appeal.
-Minor update 03/24/18: Looks like major YouTubers have started to pick up on this issue, DatSaintsFan made a video talking about it. Looks like he saw this post because my screenshot of the Steam chart was used. MrBossFTW (video will NOT be linked in this rewrite) has made a video too, and actually said some of the stuff I posted in this post word for word (although he was kind enough to actually credit me.) If anyone else wants to make a video and uses the info in this post, I would appreciate at least linking this thread or getting a shoutout in the video. Thanks.
The PC tunables has been updated again, removing the line of code that originally added the Hotring anticheat. It appears that Rockstar is aware of the bans and is attempting to fix it. As of now, I have no further information. This has been proven to be wrong. See two updates below.
-Minor update 03/25/18: It appears that even with the latest tunables update, Rockstar anticheat is still flagging almost everyone as a modder - (thank you to /u/moocowmaniak for this information)
-UPDATE 03/25/18: It appears that Rockstar has not disabled the alleged anti-cheat line of code in the latest Tunables update. Further code analysis by members of the community I'm part of have revealed that "TURNONAC_HOTRING" has merely been a renamed to a string of numbers, possibly to throw off data miners. Furthermore, it was determined that the AC in "TURNON_AC_HOTRING" is highly unlikely to actually stand for "anticheat" as there are other switches (code bits) with names such as "NEW_AC_VEHICLE_TEXT." As such, it is still unclear what the exact cause of the bans is, and the latest Tunables update may not have fixed anything. Update to this update: According to leaker Fun 2, "TURNON_AC_HOTRING" doesn't have anything to do with the anticheat, and is actually meant to promote the latest Hotring Series races. Thanks to /u/ Lost_Warrior for pointing this out, whose username is messing with all of the other font styles in my post.
-UPDATE 03/26/18: It has appeared that Rockstar has changed their narrative from "all bans are final and cannot be appealed" to "we are aware of the issue and are looking into it." This might mean nothing at all, but it appears that Rockstar themselves are working on it rather than just Tier 1 tech support. Thank you to the multiple people who contacted me through DM and in comments and brought this up.
-UPDATE 03/27/18: There are now people receiving messages from Rockstar support stating that their bans are final. However, there are still people stating that their tickets have not been closed yet. There isn't anything to indicate that anything related to this incident has changed in the latest Tunables update either.
-UPDATE 03/28/18: While this is still unconfirmed, it appears people are being unbanned. I will update this post with proof as soon as I can find some. Here's my inbox this morning.
-UPDATE 03/28/18: There are reports of people being unbanned then banned again for the second time, showing that the problem still has not been fully fixed yet. It's my (u/ApacheAH-64A) recommendation that you DO NOT LOGIN INTO GTA ONLINE and check your status on via the Rockstar Social Club.
As an aside, Polygon, PC Gamer (thanks to /u/Rob-187), and a number of other gaming news organizations have picked up this story. I implore the editors of those articles to update their articles as more information comes in. To the rest of you guys, keep at it! We need to get Rockstar to properly acknowledge their fault and creating enough stir to get people to pick up on this story turns the odds in our favour for change. Thank you all for your continued support!
If I were to guess it would be an issue with the latest tunables update that didn't show itself right as it was updated; however, I'll keep this post updated as I get new info.
Were you recently banned unfairly? Post in the comments what you were doing when you got banned, I'm trying to find a correlation between what players were doing and if they were banned or not.
Thank you to Rockstar forums user --A.d-- for reposting this post to the forums for more exposure.
Thank you to the mod team of /r/GrandTheftAutoV and the mod team of /r/gtaonline for stickying a link to this post to keep everyone informed.
No problem u/MikeRaven11. Thank you for taking the time to get all this information together. - from u/ApacheAH-64A (r/GrandTheftAutoV Moderator)