Black Desert Operational Policy

 

1. General Principle

 

- Definition of Operational Policy

● This Operational Policy contains information members (refers to a person who agreed to the Terms of Service; hereinafter referred to asmember”) should acknowledge and understand while using the services provided by Pearl Abyss and its affiliated companies (hereinafter referred to asPearl Abyssor the “Company”) and the operational guidelines and criteriapenalties and/or repercussions (hereinafter referred to asrestriction”) for violating the terms and conditions (“Terms”); appeal process for restrictions; recovery support policyfor members playing the online game (hereinafter referred to asgame”) provided by Pearl Abyss.

 

● As specified in Article 13.6 of the Black Desert Terms of Service, members are obligated to comply with all provisions of this Operational Policy. If a member violates the Operational Policy, the member shall be deemed to have also violated the Company’s Terms of Service. In such an event, the member may be subject to penalties and restrictions in accordance with the Operational Policy and Terms of Service.

 

● Any matters not mentioned in this Operational Policy shall be governed by the Terms of Service, and any matters other than that shall be interpreted and governed in accordance with the relevant laws/regulations and/or general social norms.

● This Operational Policy is applicable to the Black Desert game service.

 

 

- Changes and Notifications Regarding the Operational Policy

● The Company reserves the right to revise and/or amend the Operational Policy in order to provide better services. Amendments and revisions shall be made easily available to members by way of notification in accordance with the Black Desert Terms of Service Article 5.3. 

● Members are advised to periodically check our notices and emails for any revisions/amendments to the Operational Policy, as the Company shall not be held liable, unless otherwise stipulated by the relevant laws/regulations, for any damages and/or disadvantages caused by misapprehension of any amendment or revision.

 

 

- Definition, Role, and Responsibility of a GM

● GM stands for 'Game Master.' GMs shall process members’ inquiries and requests in accordance with the procedures and methods set forth in the Black Desert Operational Policy to ensure the proper operation of the game and the management of members’ rights to use the game.

● GMs shall strive to quickly address and respond to service-related issues in order to ensure a stable service of Black Desert.

● GMs shall not engage in disputes between members. However, if the content of the dispute between the members is deemed to be a serious matter relevant to the operation of the game (such as break down of game order, violation of actual law or public order, etc.), appropriate measures may be taken in accordance with this Operational Policy.

● GMs are strictly prohibited from offering benefits to specific members and from providing information about upcoming Black Desert services, including updates and events, unless an announcement has already been disclosed to the general public.

● GMs shall not request or change/disclose a member’s personal information within the game. However, when requested to provide personal information through a legitimate process by a government agency or a judicial authority etc., the Company may provide personal information to the agency concerned.

 

 

- Rights and Obligations of Members

● Members shall acknowledge and understand this Operational Policy. The Company is not obligated toprovide assistance in the event of problems or harm caused by the member’s failure to observe the Operational Policy.

● Members shall provide correct and accurate information when registering for membership. If false, stolen, and/or inaccurate information is provided, the member may be restricted from utilizing the services. In addition, this member shall no longer be entitled to the protection of their rights regarding their account information.

● Members have the right to use all contents and services provided by Black Desert.

● The Company holds ownership of all game content, such as in-game characters and items. Members can receive guidance and support in resolving any issues that may occur while using the game by inquiring through Customer Support

● Members shall report any problems, such as bugs or game system errors, found while using the services of the Company, and shall not disseminate the problems to other members or utilize the problems for unauthorized purposes. In the event the member does not report the occurrence of such problems and uses with the intent of gaining advantages, the member may be restricted from using the services in accordance with the Operational Policy for bringing harm to other members.

● Members may be restricted from using the services if they are found to have circulated or disseminated false information which has not been officially announced by the Company, and in doing so, causing confusion to other members.

● Membersmay be restricted from using the services in the event members violate any of the provisions stipulated in the [5. Table of Restriction Criteria].

● The Company shall not be liable for any loss incurred from the inability to access the game as a result of a member being restricted from using the services.

● Members shall respect the rights of other members; this is an online game where many members play at the same time.

● Members shall be responsible for the protection and management of their account information usingsecurity services, such as OTP, PC registration, provided by the Company. The Company shall not be liable in the event of any damages caused by a third-party using their account information as a result of the member’s negligence in protecting and managing their account information.

● Members shall comply with any investigation due to suspicion of using unauthorized programs/macros. If the member is unwilling to comply or unresponsive, the member shall be logically deemed as using unauthorized programs not permitted by the Company.

 

 

2. Recovery Support Policy

● In the event a member’s item/character is lost and/or data is changed due to a technological error of the Company, recovery support of the lost item/character or changed data will be granted if the details of the error are clearly verified by the in-game records, and the recovery does not unduly impact the game balance.

● Member’s character and item dataare always subject to change, modification, or deletion according to game design or operational judgment; recovery support will not be granted in such cases.

● In principle, losses that occur due to member’s failure to acknowledge and understand the details of the game system, Operational Policy, in-game notices, and notices on the website or due to the member’s negligence are not eligible for recovery except for the losses enumerated under [3. Table of Recovery Support Criteria]. Recovery for each category will be processed based on the recorded data, and any losses that do not have records cannot be recovered.

● Requestfor recovery should be made within 15 days from the date of loss through our Customer Support on the website. Any requests made after 15 days may not be possible due to the difficulty and time required to verify game data.

 

 

3.Table of Recovery Support Criteria

 

Recoveryis subject to the Table of Recovery Support Criteria below. For cases not listed below, the general principles of recovery will determine whether or not recovery is possible.

 

<Table of Recovery Support>

Category

Details and Specifics

Recovery Support

Notes

Account

Deleted accounts

X

- Accounts deleted after the 15-day wait period cannot be recovered since the personal information was also deleted

Character

Deleted characters

O

- Recovery is limited to twice a year per account

- Character data is recovered to the same state as at the time of deletion  

- If the name of the character to be recovered already exists/is in use, the name of the deleted character will be arbitrarily changed before recovery 

- Recovery is not possible if there are insufficient character slots

- Characters below level 10 cannot be recovered 

Mount

Account owned mounts (donkeys, horses, camels, wagons, ships, etc.)

O

- Recovery is limited to twice a year per account

- Recovery is possible for mounts sold to NPCs or Imperial Horse Delivery

- All items and silver obtained from selling the mount will be withdrawn  

- Mounts lost from breeding, exchanging, or being sold on Horse Market cannot be recovered

- Status of the recovered mount may differ from its status at the time it was sold

Guild owned mounts (ships, elephants)

O

- Recovery is limited to twice a year per guild

- Deleted/discarded mounts may be recoverable

- Only the guild master can apply for recovery

Quest

Selected the wrong selection reward after completing a quest

O

- Recovery is limited to once a month per account

- Must not have used the item after obtaining it

- Item must be in a state where it can be retrieved

Event and Challenge

Selected the wrong optional/pick reward for an event or Challenge

O

- Recovery is limited to once a month per account

- Must not have used the item after obtaining it

- Item must be in a state where it can be retrieved

Fairy

Fairy related changes (all changes to Fairies such as release, sprout, rebirth)  

Items used for Growth

X

 

Item

Crystals destroyed due to a character’s death

O

- Recovery is limited to twice a year per account

- Must send the inquiry within 72 hours of character death

- Only crystals destroyed during a single death can be recovered

- Recovery is not possible if the character’s Karma was negative at the time of death

- Excluding crystals, other items/EXP cannot be recovered

Items purchased from an NPC shop

O

- Recovery is limited to once a month per account

- Items cannot have been opened/used/equipped

- Mistakenly/accidently purchased items with randomly set prices (such as from the secret shop) are not eligible for recovery 

- Items purchased through the Central Market/Marketplace are not eligible for recovery 

Items sold to an NPC shop

O

- Recovery is limited to twice a month per account

- All items and silver obtained from selling the item will be withdrawn  

- Items mistakenly sold through the Central Market/Marketplace are not eligible for recovery 

Items accidentally exchanged in the NPC exchange window

O

- Items exchanged after a confirmation or agreement prompt during the exchange process cannot be recovered

- Recovery is not possible if the items received from the accidental exchange were equipped or used

Deleted items

O

- Recovery is limited to twice a year per character

- Items with expiration dates/usage periods cannot be recovered

- Certain items may not be recoverable to the same state as at the time of deletion 

- Exception: Recovery for paid content will be based on the record at the time of deletion

- Character-bound paid items (Pearl Items) will be recovered to the Pearl inventory of the same character  

- Exception: Excludes items that can be recovered through the item recovery feature/function within the game

Items extracted by using the Black Stone Extraction system

O

Recovery is limited to twice a year per account

Items with expiration dates/usage periods cannot be recovered

Certain items may not be recoverable to the same state as at the time of deletion 

Items extracted by using the Devour extraction system

O

• Recovery is limited to twice a year per account

• Recovery is only possible if the enhancement chance increase had a 100% chance of applying

• Recovery is only possible if the enhancement chance increase number acquired from the Devour extraction system has not been used

Items lost by deleting in-game mail

X

• Deleted in-game mail (including attached items) cannot be recovered 

Items with downgraded enhancement levels from using the Cleanse system

O

• Recovery is limited to twice a year per account 

• Recovery is only possible if there have not been any enhancement attempts made on the item after its enhancement level was downgraded.

Items used in Cooking, Alchemy, and Processing

O

Recovery is limited to twice a year per account

• Recovery is limited to only the first task, and not possible for mass production 

Items used in game content which include probabilistic (“chance-based/random number generator”) outcomes/rewards cannot be recovered 

Items other than weapons, gear, and accessories cannot be recovered 

Recovery may not be possible for Life EXP and similar data

Items dropped by monsters in an accessible location

X

Recovery is not possible as the owner of the item(s) dropped by the monster(s) cannot be verified

Items with downgraded enhancement levels due to failed enhancement attempts

X

Any item(s) consumed in the enhancement attempt cannot be recovered

Numbers for Enhancement Chance Increase (stacks) consumed in accidental enhancement attempts cannot be recovered 

Request for an item to be deleted (Item cannot be deleted by the member)

O

Deleted items (deleted with member’s consent) cannot be recovered

Guild (includes Clan)

Items used for accepting or progressing guild quests

X

Recovery of a disbanded guild (clan)

X

 

Recovery of items in guild storage (includes guild crafting items)

X

• Items and/or silver in guild storage cannot be recovered

• Even if items and/or silver in guild storage are accidentally or intentionally lost by a guild member, they cannot be recovered 

Items purchased by mistake/accident from the Guild Shop

O

 

• Recovery is limited to twice a year per guild; recovered silver will be sent to Guild Storage

• Only the guild master can apply for recovery

• Exception: Recovery is not possible if the guild master changes after the purchase 

• Items cannot have been opened/used/equipped

• Guild activity and other individual data cannot be recovered

※ Guild funds (excluding Welfare funds) are recoverable

Pearl Shop

Purchased the wrong item(s) from the Pearl Shop

O

- Recovery is limited to once a month per account

- Must be within 7 days from the date of purchase

- Item must be in a state where it can be withdrawn

- Items will be recovered to the same character as the character at time of purchase

- Items with time-limits will be recovered with the period remaining at the time of the recovery date

- Coupons used at the time of purchase can be recovered

- Outfit dyes, items used to extract from sockets, socketed crystals, etc. cannot be recovered when recovering outfits

- Exchanged pets cannot be recovered

- Cannot be recovered if the items have different names, even if they have the same effect (e.g., If you purchased and used a Beast's Draught, recovery will not be possible even if you have an [Event] Beast's Draught in your inventory)

Items gifted by mistake/accident through the Pearl Shop

O

- Must be within 15 days from the date the gift was received

- At the request of the gift giver, the Pearls will be refunded once the gifted items have been removed/withdrawn

- Exception: Recovery is not possible if the gift receiver has collected the item(s) from the mail 

- Recovery is not possible if the gift receiver does not agree to the removal/withdrawal of the item

- However, if the gift receiver does not collect the item from the in-game mail within 15 days of receipt, then it will be assumed they do not wish to accept the item and item removal/withdrawal will be possible

* Gifted items—among those ‘Underwear, Accessories’—categorized by class that are unopened, unequipped, and cannot be registered on the Central Market can be exchanged once for the same item under a different class.

(e.g. [Ranger] Lazies Underwear can be exchanged for [Sorceress] Lazies Underwear) 

* Exchange is not possible if the same gifted product does not exist for the class

Loyalties

Purchased the wrong item(s) on the Loyalties tab

O

- Must be within 7 days from the date of purchase

- Item must be in a state where it can be withdrawn

- Items will be recovered to the same character at the time of purchase

- Items with time-limits will be recovered with the period remaining at time of the recovery date

Fraud

Damage from fraud (Cases where the intent to commit fraud is clearly identifiable through the in-game records)

O

- Retrieval is limited to twice a year per account (January 1 - December 31) 

- Retrieval is not possible if the item has been used or consumed 

- Retrieval is not possible regarding fraud during real-money transactions  

※ Retrieval means an item that was the subject of fraud will be returned in the same state it was changed to by being exchanged/sold/purchased/consumed/enhanced/et

 

Recovery will be limited regarding cases where items are lost intentionally by a member, in violation of system settings, or possibly abusable within the game.

Cases/recovery requests due to changes in opinion/buyer's remorse for reasons such as updates or changes to item settings, etc. are not eligible for recovery.

Recovery for each case is processed based on recorded data; if records do not exist, the recovery is not possible.

Limits on the number of times recovery can be fulfilled are set per account. Members are asked to manage and protect their accounts accordingly. Requesting recovery due to stolen information will be counted towards the limit even if the account is shared by multiple people.

※ In the event the Operational Policy is violated by abusing the item recovery and other services, there may be restrictions from using the game.

 

4. Use Restriction Policy

 

● Restriction and Reporting Process

 

- The restrictions and reporting process for the violation of the Terms of Service and Operational Policy are as follows.

- Act of violating the Terms of Service and Operational Policy → (Reported) → GM investigates → (Prior Notice) → Restrictions → Appeals → Notification with results of appeal

- ReportingFraud”, “Inappropriate Language”, and “Account Hijackingis only possible within 15 days of being harmed

- The Company shall notify the member of the restriction details, the reason for the restrictions, how to appeal, etc. by email, in-game mail, a popup on the title screen, etc. at the time of restrictions. However, for certain acts that are specified separately in the Terms of Service, the Company may instead provide post-notification.

- If an investigation is required to determine whether or not violations of the Terms of Service took place, the Company reserves the right to temporarily restrict the use/access to the game and related services to investigate or perform follow up procedures. Members will be notified with the reason for their restriction and instructions on how to appeal.

 

● Restriction Types

 

- Warning: GM’s warnings/recommendations, activity restrictions, character/family/guild name changes, deletion of post/images, being forcibly exited from the game, and includes other temporary restrictions

- Time Based Restrictions: restrictions to the use of the game service and related services (game login, community forum, etc.) for a certain period of time.

- Permanent Restrictions: permanent restrictions to the use of the game service and related services (game login, community forum, etc.)

- Content Restriction: temporary restrictions to the use of game content due to acts that violate said game content. This includes actions such as obscuring chat, and content restrictions may be applied on a per account, guild, or clan basis.

- Community Restriction: temporary restrictions to the use of the website’s community forums/boards.

- Adjustment of Game Data: changes, deletions, and resets to the properties of any numerical data that can be obtained through the game systems, such as Family/Character information, items, paid content, and silver, which are related to any violations.

- Retrieval: if a violation is deemed to have a severe impact on the entire system of the game economy or negatively impacts other membersgameplay, 3 times the value of the items gained unfairly through the violation may be changed, deleted, or reset. However, up to 200 billion silver may be collected if the amount unfairly gained cannot be clearly calculated.

- Customer Support Restriction: restrictions to the use of Customer Support services for a set period of time.

- IP Restriction: restrictions to certain IP addresses from accessing the game due to operational reasons, such as violations of the Operational Policy.

- Hardware Restriction: restrictions to certain hardware from accessing the game due to operational reasons, such as violations of the Operational Policy.

- Pearl Abyss Account Restriction: restriction to use of the Pearl Abyss account. Once the account is restricted, the use of all services linked to the Pearl Abyss account will also be restricted.

 

● The Criteria for Restrictions are as Follows:

 

- The Company reserves the right to imposeAdjustment of Game Data”, “Retrieval”, and “Content Restrictionat the same as imposingWarning”, “Time Based Restriction”, and “Permanent Restriction

- If two or more acts that violate the Terms are identified, the Company may impose restrictions based on the most serious violation for each act.

- If a third party uses a member's account and violates the Terms of Service and/or Operational Policy while sharing an account, restrictions may be imposed on the member and the account.

- If a member acquires an item obtained by a member violating the Terms of Service and Operational Policy, the Company shall retrieve this item and all related numerical data from the Character/Family. In addition, the account that acquired the item and data may be subject to restrictions in accordance with the Operational Policy.

- If access to the game is not available due to game restrictions, the logins missed during the restriction period will not be counted towards the Returning Adventurer period.

 

5. Table of Restriction Criteria

 

If any act listed in the 'Table of Game Restriction Criteria' and “Table of Chatting Restriction Criteriabelow are committed, the member who committed the act may be held legally liable and be subject to the robust restrictions and penalties as imposed by the Company. The list of violations enumerated hereunder is not exclusive and may include other offenses which constitute as violations of the Terms of Service, related laws, and acts that severely impact the balance or systems in the game, which may result in restrictions that are not included in this Operational Policy.

Depending on the severity of the violation committed by the member - Warning, Time Based Restriction, Permanent Restriction, Retrieval, Penalty, etc. may be imposed. In addition, depending on the violation, two or more restrictions can be imposed at the same time, in which case, the Company shall impose restrictions based on the most serious violation.

Even if several members violate the same matter, the Company may judge which restrictions should be imposed among: Warning, Time Based Restriction, Permanent Restriction, Retrieval, Penalty, etc., depending on the severity of the act.

Other than that, if a member’s action is found to be contrary with relevant laws and regulations, the Company will immediately take strong actions of restrictions and the Company can ask for investigation or help to the authorities concerned and judicial authorities, and vice versa, the Company will respond immediately in case there are requests from the authorities concerned and judicial authorities for cooperation.

 

<Table of Restriction>

Violating any of the following categories will lead to “Permanent Restriction of the Pearl Abyss Account.” Depending on the severity of the violation, “IP and Hardware Restriction” may also apply.

Category

Criteria

Account Hijacking/Payment Theft/

Identity Theft

1) An act of using another person’s personal information to create an account or use the service.

2) An act of causing harm to the account data etc. (family, character, item, pearl, loyalties, etc.) through unauthorized access to another member's account

3) An act of making payments for service use, etc. through unauthorized access to another person's payment method

 

※ All accounts that have participated, and/or related to these accounts, in “Account hijacking, payment theft, and identity theft” will be restricted in accordance with the restriction criteria.

Data Manipulation and Extraction

1) An act of manipulating the game data provided by the Company

2) An act of extracting information that has not been disclosed by the Company

Attack on Server and Client Manipulation

1) An act of attacking or using unauthorized methods to connect to the Company’s game and service servers

2) An act of using the server and client differently from the original intent the Company has provided.

3) An act of manipulating the server and client provided by the Company

 

※ If any of above acts are identified, the Company may not only impose permanent restrictions, but also request an investigation by the authorities concerned and judicial authorities

Game Sweatshop/Account Piloting (Powerleveling/Farming/Botting)

1) An act of using the game with multiple accounts or through a systematic and collective manner for the purpose of profit

2) If your account was part of the above act

Violation of Law

1) An act of violating (contrary to) the governing law and provided services

2) An act of violating (contrary to) the law and services that is identified by an outside agency (organization)

Violating any of the following categories may lead to “Permanent Restriction.”

Depending on the severity of the violation, “IP and Hardware Restriction” may also apply.

Producing and Use of Unauthorized Programs and Macros

1) An act of producing or distributing the programs, macros, devices, or equipment (hereinafter referred to as 'unauthorized programs') that disables the technological protection of the service or disrupts the normal operation of the service

2) An act of playing the game using unauthorized programs and macros

3) An act where repeated actions similar to the patterns of an unauthorized program user is identified in the game data

4) An act where the Company’s security program deems the user of using unauthorized programs and macros.

5) The Company’s anti-cheat system detects an unauthorized program.

 

※ If a specific device or IP is found to have been constantly using unauthorized programs, the IP and/or hardware will be restricted.

Violating any of the following categories may lead to “Temporary Restriction.”

Depending on the severity of the violation, “IP and Hardware Restriction” may also apply.

Attempting or Suspicion of Unauthorized Program/Macro Use

1) An act of not answering questions, answering the question incorrectly, or similar when actions of abnormal records are identified on a character and is deemed as needing investigation

2) An act of using inappropriate language, offensive terms, threats, swearing at the GM during questioning and/or an investigation

3) An act of attempting to use computer programs, devices, or equipment that are not provided or authorized by the Company or repeating certain actions which can be suspected as unauthorized program/macro use

 

※ Investigations into the use of unauthorized programs and macros may result in sudden chat messages and/or other ways of requesting responses

※ Even if another party was the one who used the account, the same penalty is applied.

Payment Process Exploitation

1) An act of abusing/exploiting the payment, payment cancelation, refund processes provided by the Company, Platform, Payment Processor, etc.

2) An act of using a third party for withdrawal of subscription or refunds instead of the Company’s Customer Support.

 

※ If a gift was sent by an account abusing any payment method, the account that received the gift will undergo an account restriction and the item will also be retrieved.

Violating any of the following categories will lead to “Warning & Time Based Restriction”

Depending on the severity of the violation, “IP and Hardware Restriction, Content Restriction, Adjustment of Game Data, Retrieval” may also apply.

Disclosure of personal information

1) An act of leaking or infringing the personal information of others without the consent of the party

2) An act of infringing on the rights of others such as portrait rights and copyrights without the consent of the party

Real Money Trade

1) An act of trading items, accounts, characters, etc. with money, real goods/services, or items from other games

2) An act of trading paid contents, in-game currency with money, real goods/services, or items (from other games included).

3) An act of making another person raise a character (boosting) in exchange for money or real goods/services

4) An act of manipulating market prices by repeatedly trading certain items to transfer in-game goods in exchange for money or real goods/services

 

※ The Company reserves the right to delete all items derived or related to real money trade, including goods, and in-game data.

Fraud and Impersonation

1) An act of taking unfair advantages by impersonating someone

2) An act of impersonating a GM, company employee, or a related individual

3) An act of impersonating an individual to cause disadvantage or offense to the impersonated individual

 

※ If both 1 and 2 are violated at the same time, we reserve the right to impose permanent restrictions even if it is the 1st violation.

Speculative Behavior (Gambling)

1) An act of causing harm to other participants and causing benefits to a certain person in his or her assets and property through an accidental result from betting an account, in-game currency, item, etc.

2) An act of helping or promoting the progress of (1) above.

Real Life Threat

1) An act that threatens the safety of others through real-life information that is unrelated to the game

Sharing, distributing, promoting and advertising inappropriate content

1) Acts of sharing, distributing, promoting or advertising anything that can be said to be a violation of the Operational Policy

2) An act of sharing, distributing, promoting or advertising anything that is not related to the game but are for profit-making purposes

3) An act sharing, distributing, promoting or advertising a program that may impact any content provided by the Company without the approval of the Company

Inappropriate Trade

1) Any act of moving silver, in-game goods, etc. between specific accounts through the repeated abnormal use of the market

2) An act of abnormally moving silver, in-game goods, etc. between specific accounts through the abnormal use of standard game systems other than the market

3) An act of intentionally manipulating the market price, repeated selling/purchasing items at min/max price, trading items that are more expensive on the market than NPC vendors, etc. between specific accounts to move silver, in-game goods, etc.

 

※ If the act has an adverse impact on the game, we reserve the right to impose permanent restrictions even if it is the 1st violation.

Bug Abuse

1) An act of gaining advantages or causing damage to other members, game balance and system by abusing game errors or service errors

2) An act of gaining advantages by abusing the Operational policy or avoiding limitations on the game system design through an abnormal way

3) An act of using in-game systems differently from their intended functions to harm others or abnormally gain advantages

 

※ If the act harms another user or has an adverse impact on the game, we reserve the right to impose permanent restrictions even if it is the 1st violation.

Gaining Unfair Advantages

1) An act of gaining unfair advantages by being in the same party or guild during the same time as someone who is violating the Black Desert Operational Policy

Spreading False Information

1) An act of spreading unconfirmed information that causes confusion or direct/indirect harm to other members

2) An act of slandering the GM or Company without grounds and inciting other users.

 

※ If the act causes false information to spread and harm the game or harms the reputation of the Company/third-parties, we reserve the right to impose permanent restrictions even if it is the 1st violation.

Boosting/Cheating

1) An act of influencing the outcome of tournaments, events or other competitive contents, by using another party’s account.

2) An act of disrupting gameplay by using another party’s account

 

※ This does not apply to accounts that do not disrupt the normal operation or influence the outcome of competitive contents (win/loss). 

Attempt to violate the Operational Policy

1) An act of attempting to violate items not specified in the operating policy

2) When helping a violator of operational policy

3) Any act that is confirmed to be intended to attempt or help in violation of the operating policy

Disrupting Game Operation

1) An act of disrupting game operations by disrupting/interfering with a game-related competition, event, broadcasting, etc.

2) An act of falsely reporting, insulting and/or threatening the GM to disrupt the operation or Customer support.

 

※ Depending on the severity of the issue, the Company may forcefully disconnect the user from the game and give additional penalties.

Disrupting Gameplay

1) An act of disrupting the normal gameplay of a specific member or several members by maliciously using the game/operating system

2) An act of constantly bothering or harassing a specific member and disrupting their gameplay

 

※ Depending on the severity of the issue, the Company may forcefully disconnect the user from the game and also give additional penalties.

Use of Inappropriate Names

1) An act of using a name to impersonate a GM or an employee of the Company

2) An act of using a name that includes swear words and/or foul language

3) An act of using a name that causes disgust or sexual humiliation to other members

4) An act of using a name that ridicules, degrades, or condemns a specific country, nationality, region, politics, prominent figures, gender, religion, race, disability, etc.

5) An act of using a name that is contrary to social norms

6) An act of using a name that is suggestive or obscene

7) An act of using a name that is intended to infringe or damage the rights of third parties, including honor, portrait rights, and personal information

8) An act of using a name that is determined is for the purpose of real money/goods trading of an account and/or item

9) An act of using a name that may be confusing to other members by being difficult to identify, such as similar characters

10) An act of using a name that advertises/promotes a specific subject

11) An act of using a name that is prohibited by the naming policy with changed spelling or other characters

12) An act of using only the initial character/consonant and/or changing the order of characters (such as replacing the front and end of the name) from any of the acts of (1)~(11)

 

※ The “Use of Inappropriate Names” applies to nicknames, Family names, Character names, Guild names, Mount names, etc. that are used within in-game

※ Once a name has been temporarily changed, the Company will not take any separate/particular measures regarding this name.

All names that are currently in the game or will be added with upcoming updates are subject to change due to developmental concerns and other requirements.

Use of Inappropriate Posts

1) The posting that may be misunderstood as being posted by the Company or Game Masters

2) The posting contains profanity, lewd contents, or websites.

3) The posting contains materially offensive or defamatory contents to other Members or third parties

4) The posting contains offensive content regarding a specific country, ethnicity, region, person, religion, race, gender, disability, etc.

5) The posting distributes or is linked to the contents that violate public order and morals

6) The posting consists of pornographic materials or is linked to a pornographic website

7) The posting damages the reputation or disrupts the business of Company or any other third party

8) The posting is related to the sale of Member account, game items, virtual assets, etc.

9) The posting is for advertising purposes

10) The posting infringes on intellectual property rights such as copyrights of the Company and other third parties

11) The posting violates restrictions from other Terms of Service and Operating Policies.

12) The posting is not in accordance with the posting principles prescribed by the Company or the nature of the forum

 

※ The 'Use of Inappropriate Posts' items apply equally to all posts such as guild message, beauty album, photo gallery, party search, and music albums used on the official website and in-game.

※ All posts identified to be inappropriate may be deleted without prior warning, and the company does not take separate measures for the deleted post.

Customer Support Abuse

1) An act of falsely reporting a normal member as an unauthorized program user or a bug user

2) An act of making such inappropriate language, slandering, or provoking sexual humiliation to disrupt the operation of Customer Support

3) An act of making the same inquiries or reports repeatedly to disrupt the normal operations

 

※ Customer Support refers to all CS counters such as 1:1 inquiry, email, etc.

※ Customer Support abuse will lead to temporary restrictions to the use of Customer Support services.

 

<Table of Chat Restriction>

1st violation

2nd violation

3rd violation

4th violation

5th violation

6th violation

7th violation

Chat Restriction 60 minutes

Chat Restriction 3 days

Chat Restriction 7 days

Chat Restriction 15 days

Chat Restriction 30 days

Chat Restriction 90 days

Chat Restriction Permanent

1) An act of posting in a way that may be misunderstood as being posted by the Company or Game Masters 

2) An act of using swear words and/or foul language

3) An act of making expressions or behavior that causes sexual humiliation, such as the use of dirty words or sexual portrayals

4) An act of slandering, ridiculing, or degrading a specific region, religion, race, disability, etc.

5) An act of making expressions or behavior that may cause fear to other people or may be deemed as a threat to real life

6) An act of sharing pornographic materials or related links

7) An act of making expression or communication that is prohibited in other Terms/Policies with the purpose of causing offense and/or disgust to other people

8) An act of inducing conflict and the use of abusive language between players

9) An act of using ambiguous language for abusive purposes

10) The posting infringes on intellectual property rights such as copyrights of the Company and other third parties

11) An act of sharing, renting, or trading account information with others

12) An act of promoting and/or advertising

13) An act of using upper/lower case, partially changing a word, or combining other characters that is related to any of the acts listed in 1-12

14) Spamming identical/similar content continuously on the chat channel, making other players unable to communicate.

15) Spamming numbers on the chat channel, making other players unable to communicate.

16) An act that is prohibited by other Terms, the policy of each bulletin board/forum, and any relevant laws/regulations

 

※ The Company may impose a chat block without prior notice.

※ The Company may immediately enforce restrictions on game use subject to “Table of Restriction”

※ We may impose a "time-based restriction" depending on the severity of the violation.

 

※ The Company shall not be liable for the loss of certain content that requires continuous management incurred from the inability to access the game as a result of being restricted from using the services.

Items acquired by violating the Operational Policy will result in the adjustment of game data and/or retrieval of the item and 3 times the item’s value withdrawn in silver. If an exact value for the item/violation cannot be obtained, a maximum of up to 200 billion silver.

Regardless of the intention and imposed restrictions, any advantages obtained through violations of the Operational Policy are subject to retrieval and adjustment at any time.

However, in the event the violation was unintended or impact on the game balance/system was minimal, only the items obtained through the violation will be retrieved, and the withdrawal of 3 times the item’s value in silver may not be imposed.

※ Game information of the member, such as Family name, Character name, Guild name, etc., may be disclosed through a notice on the official website or community for violating the Terms of Service or Operational Policy.

 

6. Restriction Appeals

 

● How to Send Appeals

 

- Members can submit appeals regarding restrictions through the website’s Customer Support within 15 days of being notified.

 

● Possible Appeal Effect:

 

- If the objection made by the member is deemed reasonable, the Company shall remove the restrictions imposed on the member and recover adjusted items, etc.

- If the category of a restriction is changed through an appeal after a restriction is imposed according to the Table of Restriction Criteria, the restriction period will be retroactively changed from the start date of the previous restriction.

- If you do not file an appeal within the time limit during the temporary restriction period, the temporary restriction status will be maintained, and if the appeal is not deemed reasonable even if the objection is filed, the account will be immediately converted to permanent restriction.

 

7. Compromised Account Recovery Policy and Criteria

 

● Compromised Account Recovery Policy

 

- Members shall be liable for the protection and management of their account/personal/payment information.

- If an account has been compromised, members can apply for compromised account recovery by contacting Customer Support.

- All information required on the form must be filled out to apply for compromised account recovery.

- In order to prevent further harm to the compromised account and begin our investigations, members must agree to aTemporary Restrictionon the account that applied for compromised account recovery. The “Temporary Restrictionwill last 7 days at most, but extensions on paid content cannot be provided as a result of the temporary restriction. Members that do not agree to theTemporary Restrictionwill assume all liability for all damages, complications arising in the investigation, and additional losses that may occur.

- The investigation and item recovery for compromised accounts may take up to 30 days.

- The Company shall not be liable for temporary/permanent restrictions due to violations of the Operational Policy in accordance withRights and Obligations of Membersunder Article 1 of this Operational Policy, and for any harm caused by the use of member’s account information by third-parties as a result of negligence in protecting and managing their account information.

 

● Criteria for Compromised Account Recovery

 

- Recovery may not be possible after a certain period of time (approximately 15 days) since the account was compromised, as the Company may be unable to accurately verify the data or the time required may be too excessive.

- The Company will judge whether or not an item can be recovered depending on the results from the investigation.

- Recovery support will not be possible if the security services (OTP and/or PC registration) provided by the Company were not being used.  

- Recovery support will follow the criteria set below. Recovery that is not under theCriteria for Compromised Account Recoverywill be determined by the normal recovery criteria.

- Recovered items may differ from the item that was lost. The details as to why the items may differ will not be explained.

● Members must immediately report receiving pearl items (items must not be used) from an unknown account by contacting Customer Support. Members that have received pearl items from compromised accounts and have not reported receiving the gift from an unknown account will be penalized as being involved in compromising the account and may be restricted from the game.

● The Companymay remove the restriction if the member is able to prove that they were not involved with compromising the account even though they have received a gift from an unknown account. However, the restriction will not be removed if the member is not able to prove they have not been involved with compromising the account or if the Company deems the member as being involved.

 

 

< Compromised Account Recovery >

Category

Details and Specifics

Recovery Support

Notes

Character

Characters that were not deleted by the member

O

 

Mount

Mounts (Donkeys, Horses, Elephants, Camels, Wagons, Ships, Guild Mounts, etc.)

O

Recovery is possible for mounts sold to NPCs or Imperial Horse Delivery

All items and silver obtained from selling the mount will be withdrawn  

Mounts lost from breeding, exchanging, or being sold on Horse Market and purchased normally by other users cannot be recovered

The status of recovered mounts may differ from before the account was compromised

Items

Items that were exchanged/sold/purchased/spent/other strange activities not done by the member

O

The amount and state of recovered items may differ

Enhancement attempts not done by the member

X

• Recovery is not possible since it is a system where results may differ based on chance

Items that were registered on the Marketplace/Central Market (not by the member)

X

Cannot be recovered if the item was purchased through normal means on the Marketplace/Central Market by another member

Acoin, Pearl Shop

Acoin, Loyalties, Pearls not spent by the member

O

Recovered after retrieving purchased items

Items with limited time use will have the remainder of the time removed before recovery

Pearl Shop gifts not sent by the member

O

Members that received gifts may be restricted from the game depending on the results of the investigation

Gifted items will be retrieved. Items that have expiration dates will have the remainder of their times removed and all benefits gained from the effects will be retrieved

Items involved in Real Money Trade cannot be recovered

Gifts items from compromised accounts can be retrieved or adjusted at any given time regardless of the gift intentions

 

Recovery may be limited for items that are intentionally lost, violate the system settings, or are potentially abusable within the game.

※ The state of an item will not be included in the recovery if the item was changed or cannot be used due to updates.

Recovery for each criteria will be processed using the data available. Items cannot be recovered if there are no records available.

※ If there are cases not listed in the details above, the Company shall decide whether or not the items should be recovered

 

8. Name Policy for Long-Term Absence

 

● In order for service betterment and to prevent issues in the operation of the game, the Company reserves the right to change the names (Family names, Character names, Guild names) of Families (hereinafter referred to asLong-Term Absent Family”) and Guild/Clans (hereinafter referred to asLong-Term Absent Guild/Clan”) which fulfill the conditions below.

 

- More than 1 year has passed since the last login to the Black Desert game.

- Members of the guild(clan) have not logged in to the game for over 1 year

● If the name of a long-term absent Family and/or long term absent Guild/Clan is planned to be changed, the Company will announce the schedule and details of the change 30 days in advance on the official website through a notice.

 

 

 

Addendum

This Agreement will be effective as of August 25, 2021.

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