Bethesda Game Studios recently banned some players who were cheating or modeling in the online role-playing game “Fallout 76.” But, if the guilty parties back in the developer's good graces, they can appeal their account closures by writing and essay, according to YouTuber JuiceHead.
Although JuiceHead's video focuses mainly on whether or not players were banned unfairly, it does contain this file from an alleged Bethesda support email:
“This account has violated the code of conduct and terms of service by cheating. The account was detected to be a third-party application, which provides an unfair in-game advantage, while logged into 'Fallout 76.'
“If you would like to appeal this account, we would be willing to accept an essay on 'Why use third party cheat software is detrimental to an online game community' for our management team to review. ”
That's a pretty creative way of dealing with cheaters. Of course, this is the internet, there is a chance the email is a fake, but JuiceHead said it spoke to some Reddit and Twitter users who received it and he believes it's real.
"The fact that we have three instances of this email across three different posts leads me to believe it's pretty legit, ”he said.
There are many players who were affected by the latest bans. Variety contacted publisher Bethesda Softworks to confirm that the support email is real – and whether or not any player has actually written the essay – and we will update this story if we hear back.