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For Honor has only been out in the wild for a few weeks at this point, but already folks have figured out a way to cheat the system in order to farm in-game materials, all while ruining the lives of their teammates. Thankfully, Ubisoft is moving just as quickly to counter these game-ruining practices.
Over the weekend, Ubisoft posted an announcement concerning what have been dubbed "AFK farmers" running amok on the For Honor servers. Like any good competitive multiplayer game, you're going to get some rewards no matter what side of the battle you are one. Sure, the rewards for a winning round are greater but, if you lose a whole bunch, you'll still be earning resources to improve your character.
An AFK farmer is exactly what they sound like, someone who has rigged For Honor to continue farming resources even when they are away from their keyboard. The easiest way to do this is to play the game with a controller and simply use a rubber band to hold the left analog stick in a random direction. That "input" tells the game that you're actually playing and not just leaving your soldier sitting idly on the battlefield. If you go too long without moving, the game will drop you from your match. If you're actively running in a circle, though, it can't tell that you're not actually playing the game.
What this means for everyone else trying to enjoy For Honor is that there is a chance they'll get stuck on a team with an AFK farmer or two which, obviously, is a huge disadvantage. For the farmer, they can leave their game running all day, come back and collect all of the rewards from those games they didn't actually take part in.
It's become a big enough problem in For Honor that Ubisoft has decided to take some action. In their recent announcement, the developer explained that folks who are caught using this tactic will run the risk of having their account banned. Depending on the severity of their actions, this will either be a temporary or permanent ban. Violators will, of course, receive a warning before having their account cut off, so hopefully that's enough to get these folks to knock off the shenanigans.
As for the potential of accidental bans, Ubisoft seems confident that they won't have to worry about that happening. They claim that proof of AFK farming will be needed before they act, which means they'll either be relying on their own resources or reports coming in from other players. It might mean you have to waste some time in the middle of a battle but, if you see someone AFK farming, it's pretty easy to capture footage of their antics and then send the proof to Ubisoft.