Ninjala developer GungHo Entertainment has issued another warning to its players today, saying that those who "repeatedly exit the Matching Lobby after entering" could see their accounts be banned or suspended if their actions are deemed to be malicious.
The company has published a statement to its official website, notifying fans that it is aware of "a number of cases" in which players have been caught in the act after receiving user feedback. This new message comes just days after the company warned players about "repeatedly idling" and engaging in "unsportsmanlike behaviour", which are apparently "strictly prohibited by the Ninjala Terms of Service".
Here's the full statement:
Thank you for playing Ninjala.
At the present time, we have confirmed a number of cases in which players repeatedly exit the Matching Lobby after entering. We have also received considerable user feedback regarding this behavior.
The Ninjala team is aware of some of the reasons behind this behavior, and is working toward fundamentally resolving the situation in a future update.
We promise to do everything in our power to address the underlying issue. At the same time, the act of intentionally and repeatedly exiting the matching lobby and cancelling matching is one that greatly inconveniences other players, and we therefore ask that players not engage in this behavior.
Furthermore, be aware that the Ninjala team is consistently monitoring player reports and logs. If any such actions are deemed to be malicious, we reserve the right to institute matching bans or suspend accounts in accordance with the Ninjala Terms of Service.
The Ninjala team will continue to do everything to ensure a fair and enjoyable game environment for all players. Should you encounter any issues or trouble within the game, please do not hesitate to submit feedback to us via the inquiry form.
We hope you will continue to enjoy Ninjala.
The warnings might sound a little harsh, but it's probably for the best that the developer is hoping to keep the game as fun as possible for those who want to take part.
Have you been playing Ninjala? Have you come across any other players who have caused a nuisance, or have you been having a smooth time? Tell us below.
Asking players not to grief on an online game is like asking puppies not to ***** in your shoes.
Better consider the OFFLINE gameplay option like ARMS.
@nessisonett My dog recently tried to eat one of my shoes, so darned cute. When he gets caught he totally does the “I submit! Take me to jail” and just rolls over. Makes me wonder if he played Oblivion in a past life
Must suck being a game company that also has to police your own game. I would rather put the resources into the next project.
@TG16_IS_BAE Stop, you have violated the law! Pay the court a fine or serve your sentence.
A little harsh?!
More like very harsh, like seriously that's one of the rules, how trash. I only started to create my character and haven't played a match yet, l don't think l will then if the rules are strict.
Ban the cheaters
So you have some problem players on your online game. Is this really such an issue that you have to warn people, almost every game for the past 10 years kicked idlers without issue. As for people disconnecting from lobbies? Maybe don't make it so the game has to be 100% full, I tried to join games and it waited for like 5 minutes for 1 more player and I quit. F this game.
@nessisonett That’s my pup!!! 100% Also, that’s relevant to the article lol. I hope that’s what the devs over at Ninjas studio are saying when they punish cheaters.
OH MY GOD THIS GAME IS PURE CRAP I AM NOW 100% MAD IDK WHY JUST WHY WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY I JUST CANT I WILL BE BACK IF I CAN EVER CALM DOWN! (NO I DID NOT LEAVE THE CAPS LOCK ON)
These companies need to grow a pair and just step up and ban griefers.
Stop warning them. Just ban them. The players engaging in this behaviour know exactly what they're doing. If they go so far as to appeal their ban then sure, reinstate their access one time. Everyone can make a mistake or do something they later regret.
But if they then go on and do it again, ban them for good. From every game your company makes.
Haven't noticed this the few times I played online. I did press home to check my friends list since my friend hopped online, only to get the "pressing home while in game can result in a penalty" message. I wasn't in a battle yet, only the lobby and practice area.
Honest mistake, but I know for next time. I usually do not disconnect from online games until the match is over (this goes for any online game I play). Would have been nice to have a heads up beforehand.
@Anti-Matter I have the single player mode too being someone who also plays offline. I have fun with the single player mode and hope for more chapters. Like the story Van has so far, would love one for Lucy after the anime that came out a few weeks ago.
Wait, Ninjala can be played Offline?? 😲
@TG16_IS_BAE Somewhere in my forest there must be the remains of an old shoe of mine. One of the dogs here always gets so excited when they get their food outside, that she picks up shoes on her way out, taunts the others, and throws the shoes around or just carries one off and is gone for a minute or so. She does not always bring them back.
@Anti-Matter Yeah, awhile back my power went out, and the game refuse to connect because of no Internet. It just gave me an option to continue offline and I was able to play single player.
As long as the single player DLC is present, or it's the physical copy from Japan I'm guessing (I don't have a Japanese copy obviously), and is not connected online or in airplane mode.
@Sunsy so I take it you have to buy offline mode? What a game...
@Shambo That’s amazing. Dogs are the best.
@Snatcher Hi, here is your Valium.
@doctorhino I mean, you can play online free forever, so I don't find it that bad to fork over a small sum of cash for the story mode. The story mode is an actual "game" in and of itself.
It's like playing an f2p multiplayer game, and if you feel like you don't just want to go ham and experience the action but also want to know more about the characters, the world, the lore and what the heck all this is really about, you can buy the single-player mode to experience that.
That's the beauty of it. They're not forcing niche content on you, they're telling you it is there for you to buy if you want to. Otherwise, you can just play the main game mode (multiplayer) as long as you want, completely free of charge.
Splatoon/Splatoon 2 had an easy fix for this: Take away the ability to leave the lobby unless you exit the game or the game times you out! It doesn't seem like a complicated thing to change. Also, the Splatoon devs have never publicly whined about players goofing off or having squid parties during matches; if you have an issue with a player, just report them using the Switch Online app or just block them on your Switch. It's hard to believe that there are so many bad actors in Ninjala that it requires such public lambasting.
Probably not players leaving per se as much as they lose their connection.
These comments are a hoot. Nevermind that a company is actively communicating what they are planning to do, or that they are attempting to show active involvement in moderating the player base; Folks are either upset because they don't read, or because they think it's mean.
This recent statement makes it clear that GungHo knows about a connection issue, is working to resolve it, and is able to differentiate it from bad actors.
It's pretty simple. Don't be a jerk. If you act like a jerk, people can report you. If GungHo checks out the reports and logs, they can determine to do something you agreed is their right.
Does this take into account players in more rural areas who's internet often lags, drops, or dies??
@doctorhino Imagine having to pay for a game..... Dude, stop feeling so entitled.
And how long are you banning them for? Because if my Switch dies during the middle of a Splatoon match, I boot it back up, go to the menu, see my ban is for 5 minutes, and go have a sandwich.
ALSO, how you gonna tell if it was intentional or not.
Maybe if we didn't have to wait 10 minutes to be matched, we wouldn't leave. The management of this game has been terrible since the beta.
Couldn't they put their time and effort into making a game less crap?
@HobbitGamer What do you suppose it all means?
@NintendoByNature I think it means maintenance is coming
@HobbitGamer surely something BIG is happening if that's what's coming. Its just too quiet.
Maybe design it so it 'queues' players up rather than sits them in lobby for eons.
@SmogHobbit it's a free to play game. Yeah I wouldn't pay for extra modes or dlc. This company will live and die by their dlc sales so just because I make fun of it doesn't make me entitled. It just means I'm not rooting for it. Their attitude in their messages didn't help my position on the company either.
The idea that a free to play game is like a gift and if you want anything else out of it that it makes you entitled is silly. It's a product on a marketplace meant to entice people to spend money, not a charity for players.
I didn't see anything "harsh". In fact, the only thing I see is the stupidity of those (including the author of this article) calling the company's statement "harsh"
is this really controversial? i feel like online games already enforce rules like this but just dont make direct statements about it, and people just dont like being told what to do lol. i like how direct they seem to be with the game, even their patch notes are more indepth with their reasoning behind changes
but for ninjala specifically matches can take forever to load so that probably encourages leaving, theres no way im not pulling up my phone while waiting for a match to start
Sometimes leaving a match early cant be helped.... i dunno about this game. Seem more drama than its worth
@Mr_Persona Believe me, you won't think it's harsh when you start getting matched with these kind of people.
@poudigne got matched with a teammate who didnt move the whole game. had to waste my time playing the match anyway so the game would mark it as an unfair matchup and not decrease my rank after we inevitably lost. by all means penalize players that join matches just to not participate
@boxyguy exactly my point. cause the other said the punishment is too harsh and might not play the game because of that... any team-based competitive game should ban player that keeo going AF or leaving a match.
what constitutes as unsportsmanlike behavior in a game where you are competing for points?
assuming i read the description of the game correctly that is.
Its comment sections like these that I don't like to engage in online communities...
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