People Are Racing To See How Fast They Can Get Banned From Club Penguin

Kid-friendly browser game Club Penguin is famed for rapidly banning the use of foul language. Now that the game only has a little over a month to live, players have turned getting banned into a speedrunning challenge, with a current record time under 40 seconds.

Getting banned for profanity in Club Penguin isn’t normally much of an accomplishment. The Disney-published game prides itself on providing a safe environment for children, and its anti-profanity has become the stuff of memes.


Folks using bad words are banned quickly in Club Penguin. Now, as the game is being sunset and replaced with Club Penguin Island, the question is “how quickly?”

Pretty fucking quickly. That’s current record holder 2KRN4U, who managed to go from fresh browser window to banned in 39.53 seconds, the first player (offender?) to break the 40 second mark while following the official rules.

Time starts the moment you make your first input in your fresh web browser (using a guest account on Chrome is recommended). Make the account, make a temporary email, login, get banned. Time ends when the orange window pops up telling you that your penguin account has been banned. No bookmarks, clean clipboard, no autofill from already visiting the site, no preexisting email. Play as if you just installed the browser.

While Club Penguin closes on March 29, there’s still room for improvement. The competition’s only been going for a couple of days now, with all of the top scores set within the past three.

Records as of this article’s writing, via

Best of all, this is a speedrunning competition anyone can participate in. Just head over to the Club Penguin website and do your worst. It’s a fine send-off for a game that’s not been taking anybody’s shit for nearly 12 years.

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