One Final Fantasy 14 streamer was jailed in-game, banned for ten days, and suspended for a week on Twitch for using mods in an MMO, amid what appears to be a crackdown on their use.
According to the report of polygon, Twitch users Bagel Goose was streaming Final Fantasy 14 with mods in the works (changing his own image without affecting other players) when his character was teleported to an in-game prison to confront face judgment from the operator.
Various mods have been created to change the player’s HUD and make things like damage dealt (an important statistic for advanced players), but a blog post from Final Fantasy 14, director Naoki Yoshida on May 9 made it clear even if these are banned.
No way my tank got pulled from DSR mid pull to get 10 day ban on a clean account. I hate it here.
– Melo (@MeloArkwind) May 10, 2022
While these mods may not harm other players, Yoshida said, analyzing every existing mod to determine its suitability “is not physically possible, which is why why we decided to just ban all third-party tools and software.”
Prison conversations between players and moderators are kept fairly secret, and while in captivity Bagel Goose can be seen on Youtubeany subsequent review and penalty videos appear to have been removed shortly after being uploaded.
Final Fantasy 14 moderators did not trigger the Twitch violation, but it appears that Bagel Goose was reported to the streaming platform after he went to jail in the game and thus also received a seven-day ban for Twitch.
Another streamer, Hiroro_FFwas also recently jailed in-game for using mods but the details of his suspension are unclear and his Twitch account remains banned.
While Final Fantasy 14 has going from strength to strength in recent years, it is not without its problems. The game has been digital housing crisis, and Yoshida has ask PvP players to act more respectfully or face potential bans.
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer on IGN who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He would talk about The Witcher all day.