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News video games 02 September 2022, 14:21

author: Jacob Blazewicz

RDR2 Player Punished for Reporting Cheaters

Rockstar Games is apparently not interested in fighting cheaters in Red Dead Redemption 2. At least judging by the recent scandal with a player being fined for reporting cheaters, despite the developer's (partial) retraction of that decision.

Rockstar Games has long made it clear that it is not interested in further development of Red Dead Online. This has been painfully proven by player Kevin Daly, who was punished for... reporting cheaters in the online module of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Daly reported his "adventure" first in a thread on Reddit (already deleted along with his account), and later in an interview with PCGamesN. The editors also obtained confirmation from Rockstar that the emails shown by the Internet user are authentic and document actual correspondence between the player and the studio.

Wild or Rotten West?

As Daly described, while playing RDO he had the dubious pleasure of encountering a ton of cheaters: immortal, invisible to radar, etc. So the player did the seemingly obvious thing: he sent reports to the game's developers with recordings and nicknames of the cheaters. To his surprise, in response he received an e-mail informing him that "Rockstar Games is currently not accepting cheater reports in Red Dead Redemption 2".

This did not discourage Daly, who apparently so "annoyed" the developer that his account was suspended for 30 days for "violating the terms of use," and what's more - all his inventory and progress were allegedly reset. As if that wasn't enough, Rockstar Games representative bluntly stated that there was no appeal against the decision.

Rockstar unresponsive

Of course, the Internet user did not meekly accept the verdict, and his thread on Reddit - full of complaints and biting remarks against Rockstar - apparently did not escape the attention of RDO's developers. Shortly thereafter, Daly received another email from the developer, in which he was assured that the information about not accepting reports of cheaters was "incorrect," and that Rockstar takes cases of cheating and "griefing" seriously.

The sender also apologized to the player (also for the unpleasantness of encountering cheaters) and also left a handful of tips on how to report cheaters in the future. In turn in an email sent to the editors of PC GamesN, Rockstar Games assured that the initial information was the result of a "misunderstanding."

Happy End? Not this time

Unfortunately, the culmination of this affair can hardly be considered auspicious both for Daly and the entire community focused around Red Dead Online. Yes, the player has already recovered his character with all equipment... only that on level 1 instead of 100.

Daly is unsure if he wants to try to level up his character again (despite his wife's encouragement). Above all he feels disappointed by Rockstar's attitude, which punished him for reporting cheaters, and in doing so nullified his spending on the game.

True, Daly spent "only" 15 euros (plus, of course, 69 euros for the purchase of RDR2) on character progression in RDO. Nevertheless, the mere fact that the developer can make such a decision, even if you have spent more or less in their game," gives the company a poor testimony:

"To be honest, I feel disappointed. I've been with Rockstar since the PS2 days and spent a lot of money. It seems that they have abandoned Red Dead Redemption 2 in favor of GTA Online and just let the modders and "griefers" run wild. I know that I personally will not return to RDR2, because all the joy of the game just went away."

Jacob Blazewicz

Jacob Blazewicz

Passionate about video (and other) games for years, he completed an Mba in linguistics, defending a thesis about games. He began his adventure with Gamepressure in 2015, writing in the newsroom, later also covering film and – oh, horror! – technology (also contributor to the gaming encyclopedia). He started with platformers, which he still dearly loves (including metroidvania), but he's also interested in card games (including 'analog'), brawlers, soulslike games and basically every other type of game. Don't ask about the graphics – after a few hours of exposition, he can be delighted with pixelated characters from games that remember the days of the Game Boy age (if not older).

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