“We have decided to resume the practice of sharing the information about large ban waves done with the support of [BattlEye] anticheat,” Battlestate Games said on the game’s Twitter account. “Throughout the weekend over 4,000 cheaters were banned in Escape from Tarkov.”

Another 700 were reported banned on March 1 and an additional 2,000 shamed on March 5. And these lists are publicly available. No password, only shame..

The developers just want honest players

In a brief statement to TechCrunch, Battlestate Games spokesperson Dmitri Ogorodnikov said the move, publicly dragging the names of thousands of cheaters, was to inform Escape from Tarkov players that “justice has been served.”


“We want honest players to see the nicknames of cheaters to know that justice has been served and the cheater who killed them in a raid has been punished and banned,” Ogorodnikov told TechCrunch.

I’m kind of reminded of that Game of Thrones episode, “Mother’s Mercy,” in which Cersei Lannister endured the walk of atonement, a public ritual of punishment and penance that demanded sinners walk a long distance in front of everyone completely naked, the onlookers chanting “shame!” These Escape from Tarkov banned lists are giving the same energy.


Kotaku reached out to Battlestate and BattlEye for comment.

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Maybe this act of public shaming will be a good deterrent that makes hackers think twice before using cheats. At the very least, these banned lists will be something of a reminder that cheaters never, ever prosper.