Millions of PS5 players have been warned – three simple mistakes could result in a BAN

MORE THAN 100 million people access PlayStation Network every month, making it one of the largest online gaming platforms in the world.

Just like any other service, PSN has rules and violating them can result in your account being banned – or worse, permanently banned.

Sony's PlayStation Network has rules that players must follow


Sony’s PlayStation Network has rules that players must followPhoto credit: Getty

The problem is that most people don’t even know all the dos and don’ts.

But rules are rules, and repeat offenders could be kicked out.

According to Sony: “By creating an account for PSN, you agree to abide by the PlayStation Network Terms of Service, which includes the Community Code of Conduct.

“If you breach these Terms, we may suspend or permanently suspend your account.

“For the most serious violations, we may ban your PlayStation console from accessing PlayStation Network.”

You cannot use PSN while you are banned. This means you cannot use some products, even the ones you paid for.

Here are three rules to keep in mind:

1. Threatening or bullying other players

According to Sony, the PlayStation Network’s code of conduct must be followed to avoid being banned.

This means, among other things, not bullying or harassing other players.

If you’re the kind of person who loves a foul-mouthed rant on Call of Duty, think twice the next time you open your trap.

If another player were to report you, you could be banned.

Several incidents can result in your account being permanently banned.

Under the Code of Conduct, players are prohibited from spreading hate speech, threatening, hurting or upsetting anyone.

In addition, they may not bully, harass, or stalk other players.

2. Use glitches to gain an advantage

We’ve all been guilty of exploiting a rogue bug to gain an advantage in games.

Whether it’s clipping or finding a way to climb outside of a multiplayer map, mistakes are as common as they are common in online games.

However, using them to win games is prohibited by the PSN code of conduct and could get you banned.

The rules state that players “may not use any bugs, glitches, vulnerabilities or unintended mechanisms in products or PSN to gain an advantage”.

3. Sharing of People’s Personal Information

Sharing someone’s personal information – even a friend’s – online can also lead to a ban.

According to Sony, those details can include phone numbers, email addresses, and real-world addresses like your home or school.

Sony says: “Do not give out personal information about other people or yourself. It makes you and them more vulnerable.”

You also may not share an image of another person without their consent.

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Chris Barrese

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