Bandai Namco recently held a Closed Network Test for its anticipated upcoming fighting game, Tekken 8, which allowed select users to try out an early version of the game. While the Network Test was only limited to one weekend, some players found crafty ways to extend their playtime by creating a cracked version of the test. The publisher has now issued a statement warning players that those who participate in the cracked Network Test could be banned from future tournaments.
This warning seems to be mainly targeted at players hoping to make a professional career out of playing Tekken 8, including competing in future tournaments. On paper, it seems like having access to a cracked version of the limited Network Test might give them an advantage as they’ll have more time to master the limited selection of characters available in the test. However, considering that it’s an early version of the game, mechanics could easily change for the final version.
Bandai Namco issued a warning on its Twitter account earlier this week, stating:
“We have noticed that some players have accessed the Tekken 8 Closed Network Test (CNT) and played the game beyond the closed test period. Such actions breach the terms of service and the Tekken World Tour code of conduct. Also, the unauthorized download or distribution of the game is illegal. Please note that any player found to have accessed the CNT without authorization may be deemed ineligible for the upcoming Tekken World Tour and other official tournaments.”
Bandai Namco seems to be having a rough week with security breaches. Dataminers recently dug into the files for Tekken 8‘s Closed Network Test and unearthed the full roster of fighters for the game (well, most of it anyway), which included unannounced characters such as Yoshimitsu, Zafina, Raven and more.
Tekken 8 is currently in development for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Bandai Namco