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YouTuber banned for exposing major ARK: Survival Evolved bugs

Published: 17:36, 27 March 2019
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ARK: Survival Evolved

Studio Wildcard have recently banned a YouTuber going by the name H.O.D. after the latter released a video talking about a gamebreaking exploit. It persisted for over a year was never fixed, and the fan that called Wildcard out got banned.

Meshing is a process of glitching through walls in ARK: Survival Evolved and players can abuse the issue to bypass any defences other players placed around their stash. Needless to say, the exploit can cause legitimate players to lose progress on hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of work.

One would think Wildcard would fix these issues but some of the reports on YouTube date back to February 2018 and the exploit is still at large at the end of March 2019. H.O.D. happened to be one in a line of YouTubers who reported on the exploit, albeit in a satirical way where he also called the developers our for not fixing the problem.

Additional attention to the exploit would normally cause developers to do their best to plug the holes but Wildcard opted to ban the YouTuber in question instead. Players found themselves outraged quickly after, reporting on the whole affair across several forums with one group being appalled at Wildcard's course of action while others were not surprised in the slightest.

The developers' history with shady practices apparently goes years back as they reportedly kept censoring poor reviews on their game and also released DLC for ARK while it was still in Steam Early Access. Being in that state literally means the game is not finished, but it didn't stop Wildcard from selling additional content instead of completing the work on what they already sold.

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Furthermore, Wildcard's sister studio, Grapeshot Games, co-founded by the same people who started Wildcard, more recently released Atlas in a shape that could hardly be described as anything but satisfying. This sparked quite a bit of controversy itself, causing the game to be one of the worst reviewed on Steam .

Atlas is a pirate-themed MMO by the creators of ARK

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