Ferg, whose (legitimate) exploits saw him honored with his own skin in COD: Mobile, was mass reported by fellow players who assumed he was cheating.
You’re the No.1 ranked player in your chosen game and you login to find that you’ve been inexplicably banned for 10 years. What do you do?
That’s the rather bizarre situation Call of Duty: Mobile content creator, Luke “iFerg” Fergie, has found himself in.
After logging into COD: Mobile on January 24, he received a message stating his account had been banned until January 21, 2032.
In Ferg’s case, he took it in good spirits, taking to Twitter, he revealed his ban to his 178k followers.
He even gave reason for why he might have been banned, explaining that, after recovering from a recent illness, he had “become too strong[…] and it seems they don’t like it.”
That’s doubtful though, with many in the community suspecting he was ‘mass reported’ by players assuming he was cheating.
Ferg Banned From COD: Mobile for Being Too Good?
Let us say it categorically now; the reason for Ferg’s ban is not yet clear. There are several competing theories but there is one thing everyone seems to agree on. Ferg is unlikely to remain banned for anything like 10 years.
Not only is he one of COD: Mobile’s most recognizable content creators (his YouTube channel has over 2.4 million subscribers), he was the first content creator in the history of Call of Duty to have an in-game skin.
This was, in part, recognition of him getting No.1 on the global leaderboard. The bundle was only released on January 12 of this year and is still available from the in-game store.
So, why the ban? The main theory is that salty players mass reported him for cheating.
However, some have claimed that a 10-year ban, like the one Ferg has been given, can only be done manually. Effectively, ruling out a possible automatic ban from reports.
Was a VPN or Emulator to Blame?
Others claim that he may have used a VPN – which is a bannable offense – or the BlueStacks Android emulator.
The BlueStacks emulator allows gamers to play mobile games on PC. And while there is an official emulator, using the unofficial BlueStacks and ‘tricking’ the game into thinking you’re on mobile, would be reason for a ban.
We have reached out to Ferg for comment but have received no response at the time of publishing. We will update this with any new information as it becomes available.
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