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BF3 Rules of Conduct

Updated: 2/17/2012

Players are expected to abide by the EA Online Terms and Conditions while playing on ranked Battlefield 3 servers. You agreed to the EA Online Terms and Conditions when you established your EA Account.

The purpose of these Rules of Conduct is to illustrate how the EA Online Terms and Conditions apply when you play on ranked Battlefield 3 servers. Multiple or critical violations of the Terms and Conditions may result in the loss of online play or stat/award reset. Violation may also result in the termination of your EA Account and the loss of anything associated with it (such as points, tokens or in-game items).

The following are examples of conduct that is not permitted by the EA Online Terms and Conditions:

  • You are not permitted to use offensive soldier names or clan tags. Also, you may not actively encourage other players to violate the EA Online Terms and Conditions while in-game.
  • You may not organize any Clans or groups that are based on, or espouse, any racist, sexist, anti-religious, anti-ethnic, anti-gay, or other hate-mongering philosophy.
  • You may not attempt to interfere with, hack into, or decipher any data streams or transmissions to or from EA services, or use any application or software while using the Battlefield 3 services which are not approved by EA.
  • You may not exploit any bug or abuse any game system (such as the scoring or award systems) in an EA product or service. You may not intentionally use or share any bug found within any Battlefield 3 games, real or fictitious, regardless of whether or not it grants an unfair advantage. You will not directly or indirectly communicate the existence of any such bug to any other user of EA's games or services.
Examples of abuse include, but are not limited to:
  • Playing on restricted kit servers (knife, shock, and pistol only)
  • Taking turns killing, reviving, receiving ammo, etc.
  • Abusing world geometry to your advantage without risk
  • Exploiting vehicle damage to repair indefinitely
  • Creating a play environment which, by definition or action, creates an inflated scoring scenario

Ranked Server Administrators: If you are an administrator of a ranked Battlefield 3 server (referred to below as a "Server Administrator"), you must also comply with the EA Online Terms and Conditions. Server Administrators are in violation of the EA Online Terms and Conditions if they enforce server rules on ranked servers that prohibit or severely limit players from using any roles, kits, weapons, vehicles, or other features of the game while playing on their server. Examples of such rules that would violate the EA Online Terms and Conditions include:

  • Running knife / pistol-only servers
  • Preventing players from using certain weapons or items (such as flash bangs or C4) or enforcing a "pistol only" or "knife only" server rule

Server Administrators may implement and enforce rules that result in minor changes to gameplay behavior or styles as long as these are clearly stated before a player starts playing on a server. These rules typically introduce minor or limited restrictions on how a certain aspect of the game can be used, but do not create or promote an environment that would allow abuse of the scoring/award system. Examples of such rules that are acceptable are:

  • Disallowing repeated main base camping/attacking of bases that cannot be captured.
  • Limiting the use of mortars to a particular region of the map.

Server Administrators will also violate the EA Online Terms and Conditions if they (i) use offensive server names, server art or clan tags; or (ii) encourage other players to violate the EA Online Terms and Conditions while in game.

Exploit/Abuse Reports

  • To report players who are cheating or intentionally violating the Terms and Conditions (including scoring abuse, exploits, or map errors), use the following link:
  • You can also report unapproved software or applications which provide an unfair advantage or manipulate the game in a way it was not meant, to the PunkBuster staff at: research@evenbalance.com
  • To report a Battlelog avatar for violating the EA Terms of Service, please right click the offending avatar and select Copy Image URL/Link.
  • To report a platoon for violating the EA Terms of Service, please utilize the Report feature on Battlelog.

Find the offending platoon. To the right of the platoon name you will see a grey exclamation point. Click this exclamation point and select Report Platoon.

In all cases, please provide as much information as possible when making reports. EA's support staff will be the final decision makers regarding investigations. Intentional submissions of misinformation or false abuse reports can be considered a violation of the EA Terms and Conditions.