You may have read our recent article about a successful hack of The War Z forums. Shortly after the hack it became clear that one of the moderators computers was compromised, leaving the door wide open for the hacker to run amok. Since then the moderator has been fired as a mod, had his IP banned from the forums and his account banned from the game. Devin Hutchinson, the moderator in question, then made a post on an unrelated forum that includes the information on why he was banned, as well as some details surrounding the very questionable actions of the developers.
EX War Z Mod Spills All – Includes Random Bans, Hacking Reasons & More
Below is the unedited (with the exception of the foul language) copy of Devin’s post on the forum in question.
EX-Forum Mod Devin here. Let me tell ya some stuff you can spout on for a new youtube video 🙂
My forum account was hacked, my fault, they deleted a lot of posts. I was de-modded and banned, got my computer secure, re-modded and unbanned and took care of business as usual. Except their company is full of dumb **** and didn’t backup the forums at all. No backups whatsoever.
Sergay then took it upon himself to tell Kewk to demote me for my **** that could have been reversed if they were not so ***** stupid.
I then made a post on the forums about how I knew this was coming; and I was sorry and would not long be supporting a company that did not support their unpaid volunteer Moderators that spent over 100+ hours answering THEIR CUSTOMERS questions and concerns as well as relaying them the ideas the community had for their bullshit game.
I was then banned for making a “Rage quit” thread permanent and here is the even funnier part my in-game account banned under the excuse I requested a refund
So, since I didn’t sign any sort of NDA for those ****** here are some interesting facts.
WarZ is a direct port over from War Inc. They literally took the game and added NPCs, made a large map, and changed around camera angles and gun settings while adding more functionality and switching over some things. ALL ART however was actually done in-house by their amazing ART team. (Those were the best guys to know, they were in touch more with the community than Kewk)
They randomly ban accounts that have a certain amount of time spent playing in-game, knowing they are hooked on the game so they re-buy the game.
Their anti-hack is actually functional but here’s the kicker..wanna know WHY their bans are TEMPORARY the first time around? 0.8% hacking? Try an EXTREMELY LARGE PORTION of the player base is hacking. If they banned everyone they’d have a mass refund issue on their hands, and no one to play their **** poor of an excuse game.
they plan to HALT DEVELOPMENT AND ABANDON THE GAME in SIX months if revenue is not enough for them (I.E. People are not buying GC and spending the **** out of it) — take note, if they do not get ENOUGH revenue. They will have enough revenue to pay for the game development for over a year at this point in time already, but if they don’t get enough to give themselves regular raises they will stop making the game and shut down the servers and website.
The War Z is currently getting ripped to shreds by the player base. The official forums are filled with threads where concerned players are worried about the lack of updates, developer communication, false advertising and more. Every alpha is expected to have its fair share of ups and downs, but The War Z is taking that to new levels. Obviously Devin is probably upset by the outcome of the situation so it’s not clear how much of this is factual over emotional, but it’s still interesting to see a moderators perspective on the current state of the game.