Ark: Survival Evolved is a survival video game developed by Studio Wildcard. The game is notorious within the gaming community for its bugs, exploits, and lack of performance optimizations. Over the past few months, developer Studio Wildcard has racked up quite a bad reputation, but their recent move was especially infuriating. After uploading a video exposing a game breaking exploit, Youtuber H.O.D Gaming was allegedly globally banned from Ark: Survival Evolved.
Ark: Survival Evolved
Yesterday, H.O.D Gaming shared a video showcasing how to “mesh” in Ark: Survival Evolved. Meshing is an exploit that allows players to get under the map, giving them an unfair advantage in PvP. The intent of the video was to raise awareness about the bug, and H.O.D made that clear from the beginning.
“This is a video to bring attention to an issue that has plagued Ark for far too long,” reads the video description. “Hopefully this forces action to be taken.”
Mere hours after the video went live, H.O.D was globally banned from Ark’s live servers. The Youtuber claims that they broke no rules as the exploit shown in the video was not performed on live servers.
Welp guys looks like i've been globally banned by the Ark devs @survivetheark @bubblywums never did anything against the rules on live servers this is not on! ill be spreading the word further if this is the game.
— H.O.D (@HODGAMING1) March 26, 2019
It’s very surprising to see Studio Wildcard globally ban one of Ark’s most popular content creators. The issue highlighted in video has been plaguing the game for a long time, but the developers haven’t done much to fix that.
The controversial move by Studio Wildcard has riled up the community, and a newly-created petition to fix meshing has already gained over 5,000 signatures. The developers have previously stated that meshing is a very difficult exploit to fix, so players suggested a temporary solution until a permanent fix can be administered.
Other content creators have noticed the issue and disapprove of the ban. After all, banning those who raise awareness while those who exploit the game go free won’t make the players happy. The fiasco has gained a lot of attention, but Studio Wildcard is yet to comment on the matter.