Bandai Namco recently banned over 400 accounts as part of a massive Tekken 7 ban wave. Naturally, you’d expect that all of the banned accounts have cheated in some way, be it with trading or using cheats. But it looks like the ban wave may have caught some high level players in the net.
Most prominent of them all is the Korean player who goes by “lmyourfather”. A character specialist who is generally regarded as the country’s best Lee Chaolan player throughout the series, he has said on Twitter that he was hit by a seven-day ban. It comes, as you’d expect, with the claim that he doesn’t use any form of cheats.
Mr. Murray&Harada. I'm Lmyourfather, Lee player from Korea. I was banned on 8/3 update for 7 days for some reason. I didn't use any trainer or other 3rd party programs that ruin Tekken gameplay. I'd like to know what got me banned from online gameplay.@Harada_TEKKEN @mykeryu pic.twitter.com/akyC45GZ5J
— Ham (@lmyourfather_) August 3, 2021
Tekken 7 producer Michael Murray has defended the bans with the justification that they were done using play data collected from servers, which were then reviewed by multiple people. Unfortunately, he also says that he cannot comment on individual cases, so the reason behind the banning of “lmyourfather” remains a mystery. But community members were quick to point out that two prominent cheaters, one known as Fariborz and another called OkSavingsBank, were left unscathed.
For example, players who, within a certain time frame, had many matches against the same opponent, finishing the match in an extremely short amount of time each time. Over 400 players were banned for infractions, and players found cheating will be banned moving forward.
— Michael Murray (@mykeryu) August 4, 2021
Tekken 7 pros have also chimed in, with including competitive veteran “KNEE” and 2018 world champion Rangchu. The latter was also believed to be a victim of the ban wave, but later clarified that he wasn’t.
Overall, the ban wave was a confusing one. Incidentally, it also comes just a couple of days before EVO 2021, the biggest fighting game tournament in any given year.