FFXIV Team Caught Cheating While Clearing Challenging New Raid

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ONE Final Fantasy XIV The raiding team had their world record revoked after they were caught using tools that developer Square Enix considers a form of cheating.

Unnamed_ , an FFXIV raid team, became the first in the world to clear The Omega Protocolan extremely difficult new ultimate raid presented for the first time in the MMO patch 6.31 Last week. However, shortly after the official FFXIV The Twitter account congratulated the team on their achievement, a video has been released online of a Raid Unnamed_ player who uses additional UI mods to zoom out the in-game camera for a better view of raid combat, according to PC Gamer. (The use of third-party tools is prohibited in FFXIV.) The incident resulted in the team facing suspension and game director Naoki Yoshida expressing his deep disappointment.

As reported by PC GamerSquare Enix retired all eight achievements of Unnamed_ raid players for clearing the raid and the team record was hit by FFLogsa website that monitors FFXIV raid data.

One of the strangest aspects of the story is how the fraud was revealed. All seemed normal on Monday morning when the team released footage of their kill and cemented themselves as the world’s first to clear the Omega Protocol. However, as PC Gamer References, later that day an unlisted YouTube video appeared showing a member of Unnamed_ in the raid using a mod that allowed them to zoom out of the action and see the battle from a wider vantage point. As for where the video came from, Unnamed_ member Feuer E’, who watched his teammates take on The Omega Protocol via Discord’s screen sharing feature, claims that someone hacked their YouTube channel and uploaded the video on it. The name of the YouTube channel, which translates to “Divine Judgment”, was created two days before the video’s publication date. You can watch the video below.


FFXIV Players often use plugins for quality-of-life reasons, such as modifying cosmetics or damage logs, but using camera plugins is considered a no-no, especially in First World raids a constant source of tension between high level players and Square Enix.

While some FFXIV Online gamers poked fun at the raid team’s deception by posting memes, others pointed out how common plug-in usage is in the community, especially for clearing a raid.

Kotaku Square Enix has been contacted for comment.

The in-game rewards the team earned from the raid have been revoked. According translated screenshot of a message between a raid member and a FFXIV game master, whose translation was verified by PC Gamerthe GM told an Unnamed_ team member that while they didn’t cheat directly, they “still took advantage of that cheat, and therefore benefited from it,” before asking them to delete the items they received.

“Sorry for the late notice. We all just received an in-game ban for this,” Anonymous_ member Tatsuya Suzuki he tweeted. “Finally, I’m really sorry for all the trouble I caused you FFXIV the development team, the community and all my friends. I will be careful in my activities from now on.”

The punishment of Yoshi-P

In a suspensiongame director Naoki “Yoshi-P” Yoshida mentioned how “extremely disappointed” he was with the raid team’s use of third-party UI mods, “as a player”.

It’s extremely disappointing for me personally to see this commotion around third party tools once again after what happened with Dragonsong’s Reprise (Ultimate). As the person entrusted with full oversight of FFXIV, it is my responsibility to institute countermeasures and police the use of these tools, as well as educate people not to use these types of third-party tools—this is especially unfortunate when As a player , I applaud everyone who learns this stuff by trial and error and puts in the effort to clean it up.

At the end of the blog post, Yoshi-P reiterated that if the FFXIV The team discovers “illegal use of third-party tools” in the future, will not recognize this raid team as “the true World First”.

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“I want to apologize to many of you who continue to clear this content without using third-party tools, streaming your progress and continuing the process of trial and error,” Yoshi-P wrote at the end of FFXIV suspension. “However, please know that the Development and Operations teams take all your passion into consideration. Be sure to take proper care of yourself as you continue to face the Omega Protocol (Ultimate).”

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