I was playing a regular match of Team Death Match in Call of Duty: Ghosts and after I finished the game, I logged out. The next day I came back it said I could not connect to the game, telling me to check back later and to check the game's server status. The issue persisted for more than a week and later on the game had a message saying that I was VAC Banned. I was extremely confused at this point, because the only way to get banned is if you broken the code of conducts found in the link bellow.
I then went into the official Call of Duty: Ghosts forum which is the one we are on right now, and I noticed that there are many posts that are extremely similar. This is crucial, because this means that I am not the only one with this issue. What I am thinking right now is that the latest patch note stated that there was an "overall anti-cheat improvements" (candyslexia). This can be found in the link bellow under the update on June 6, 2014.
In addition, this was not the first time that this has happened in Call of Duty: Ghosts overall. This issue was first presented on the Playstation 3 and the Playstation 4 where there was a ban wave occurring during March 16, 2014. The article's link can be found bellow this section written by David Veselki. Moreover, it was stated at first by Activision that the bans "will not be reversed" (Activision). This was then revised by Activision that stating that “[they] understand some players were incorrectly banned over the weekend and [they] have since corrected the issue. Try playing again now” (Activision). Based off this, Activision has taken responsibility to reverse the effect of this horrible mistake on the major Playstation consoles, but so far have not corrected this issue persisting on the PC version of Call of Duty: Ghosts. Users on Steam now have a VAC Ban linked to their account. PC players have contacted Activision support and the only information provided was "all bans are final and irreversible" (Abigail). Activision support is basically saying that no far, they have no intentions into removing the bans from the accounts effected negatively.
The PC community is definitely smaller than the consoles, but should not be unheard and not cared for. PC players are loyal customers of the Call of Duty franchise but sadly this issue may push us away slowly. Factors of this were also the game not being optimized to it's full potential but optimization can be tolerated, but punishing innocent players without compensation is another story. No one, including console users will want to play a game that falsely punishes innocent players. Many players, once again including console users, have been reported for hacking and have been banned due to them achieving high kill streaks, but what is the 25 gun streak rewards for? It is to be achieved and not used as a way of determining who is a hacker. "Mistakes were make" but many can be fixed like hitting the re-spawn button in game, or simply listening to the community for feedback if you are a developer and take it into action. We all are forgiving people if we are understood and considered and many issues can be fixed with some determination. Please lift the bans, and communicate with the Steam Enforcement team to lift the VAC Bans from innocent players who have been effected.
We are all people and makes mistakes than can be reversed, but sometimes we need some help and suggestions and a little bit of change. For example, there can be a Ban Appeal system in action for players to be given a chance to show their point of view of a situation, this is why courts are fixed in the real world. Simple things like these can bring a gaming community closer together.
Since Friday I am getting the message that I cannot connect to online services and to check the server status, but the URL shows that everything should be fine. There is a thread where a lot of other people are having the same problem here: Having trouble Connecting.
Did the message that you were banned eventually replace the cannot connect to online services message? Or did you see that error some place else?
I don't even play this game a lot compared to other (better) games that are out there like BF4, but it really pisses me off that I shelled out $$ for this and their crappy DLC and this is the kind of crap they pull. Every game I own works right now except this one.
OK Anyone who uses cheats should very well be banned. I know I haven't been banned as I can access my game perfectly via another computer. So Deffo I do not have a ban against me. I mean what idiot would use a cheat he/she has played a game for 850 hours PLUS. I have now just reformatted my computer and gone from windows 8.1 back to windows 7, Windows 7 kicks ass. I just hope this works. I will get back to you guys if it does. But TBH no one should have to reformat to play a damn game that is broken anyways.
Don't speak so soon.... I had the same problem as you a few weeks ago and had to family share to get it to connect, but now I have a VAC ban. Just like everyone else here I didn't use any cheats, so I guess all the crying noobs that reported me everyday finally got me banned. Also my profile is still not showing a VAC ban... Weird.
but now I have a VAC ban. Just like everyone else here I didn't use any cheats, so I guess all the crying noobs that reported me everyday finally got me banned. Also my profile is still not showing a VAC ban... Weird.
Lol "ALL" the crying noobs reporting you got you banned? So in other words not only did you recieve a VAC ban but many players Knew you were cheating and obviously said something to you during the match. Isn't that the case? Your seriously now trying to sell that crybaby's who were wrong about you cheating got you banned? lmfao!
Wow! you cheaters never give up!
Yep your a skilled legit player! Everyone made a mistake who called you out for cheating and are crybabys! (including VAC) LMFAO!
So, I don't know whether I've been banned or not. The way this problem seems to work for everyone is they get a really long "Connecting to Online Services" message followed by a prompt to check callofduty.com/status/ghosts to see if the servers are down, and then it turns out that they are not. Then after trying continually people are starting to see a VAC ban message. Maybe they aren't really VAC banned... maybe Ghosts servers just think they are for some reason. Anyway... i guess I will open a case with Activision support and see if they think that I am banned. If they do let me tell you how funny that will be.. because I suck at this game. I'm not ashamed to admit it. I play for fun, and it doesn't bother me at all that I'm lucky to make it out of a round with a .5 K/D. So, if they think I'm hacking, I must be running some kind of cheat to simulate mediocrity. So... Let me give this chat support thing a try and see what they say, but if they try to tell me some kind of crap about UPnP and checking my firewall, I will probably tell them to go **** themselves and call it a day.
so you have a VAC ban and not showing up. How is this possible
Hi I seem to have the exact same problem as you iv got 2 high spec pc's 1 in my living room other in my room both with cod ghost installed but for same reason the 1in my room will not connect to online servers iv tried everything reinstalled windows updated drivers and using ethernet cable I am getting so frustrated I can play other online steam games and im not banned does any1 know what the problem might be id really appreciate it thank you
I don't know what the issue is on people not being able to connect to the servers. But I have a theory on the bans. They recently implemented some update to try to catch cheaters/hackers. I think that people are having problems connecting to the server, so they install on another PC or reinstall or something like that, and somehow they are detecting the 2nd installation as violating some EULA or being some kind of a cheat or a hack or something. And so, my theory is that people who have ghosts installed on more than 1 PC or who have reinstalled in the last few weeks are getting banned.
I don't think I have ever seen such shoddy support for a consumer product in my life. They don't even have an option to email or call for support, you just have to wait in chat during their hours of operation. I don't really have time for that. If I can't find a fix I will just uninstall it and never buy a COD product again.