A streamer and dataminer that's been at the centre of Escape from Tarkov's datamining saga, has had a whirlwind 24 hours finding themselves supposedly permanently banned before being unbanned within the day.
LogicalSolutions tweeted on Saturday that they had been permabanned, but proceeded to follow up just 24 hours later, with an update saying that the decision had been reversed. The latter came with no announcement and the streamer was just able to log back in again as normal.
However, the grounds for the initial ban were later elaborated on by LogicalSolutions. They shared a conversation with game director Nikita Bayanov that seemingly revealed Buyanov saying to the streamer that they "shouldn't share how you datamine and everything. We saw it so you broke the rules again."
LogicalSolutions replied denying sharing any datamined information after developer Battlestate instigated a 'crackdown' on the practice, but Buyanov then escalated the conversation by accusing the streamer of lying.
Update: The most unexpected thing happened.... I was unbanned...Talking about it now..Twitch/LogicalSolutions https://t.co/7jt8MiAU79June 25, 2023
LogicalSolutions livestreamed his reaction to his subsequent unbanning yesterday and shared the ban email which accused the streamer of "automation of access to game tools" and using "circumvention tools" to, well, strongly implying that they engaged in datamining. As of now, the situation seems to be resolved, but LogicalSolutions remains concerned about the lack of communication surrounding the issue.
Datamining has been an increasingly widespread way of inspecting game files to reveal 'secrets', hidden planned content, or things that were cut from the game. Despite almost certainly engaging in the practice, LogicalSolutions has often done so from a helpful perspective, explaining the game's mechanics and tricks, and tips in order for new players to get into the game more smoothly.
Escape from Tarkov remains one of the most popular online games to play right now and has built up a committed and strong community. It is certainly one of the best FPS games out there at the moment, too, and has solid tactical, military-sim-like combat.
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