World of Warships Updated Mod Policy

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World of Warships’ popularity with modders led to a large number of player-made modifications (“mods”) hitting the scene. 

It’s important to us to address the safety of particular mods and shed some light on the situation, and put an end to scuttlebutt about mods you may or may not use. 

Popular mods usually deal with cosmetic and audio components of the game and are mostly harmless. However, some players and modders have built or offered mods with malicious intents, such as gaining a competitive advantage or even stealing data. 

Below is a classification of mods and programs and the rules we will apply to them and follow from now on.

 

Allowed

 

  • Applications that stream or record gameplay (e.g., NVIDIA ShadowPlay; Plays.tv; AMD Radeon ReLive; OBS Studio; Windows 10 Game DVR; Fraps)
  • Voice/text chat with overlays (e.g., Discord; Mumble; TeamSpeak; Ventrilo; Evolve; Twitch Messenger)
  • Visual mods that change the appearance of game objects without affecting the gameplay (to make sure the mod you want to use is allowed, please consult the appropriate thread on the official forums)
  • Modifications to lighting, contrast and other visuals done through the tools of the graphics drivers (GeForce Experience; AMD Radeon Crimson; Intel graphics drivers), without modifying said drivers or applications that use them
  • Replacing/modifying audio files
  • Any mods approved by our team -- find those on our official forums in the "modifications" section. 
  • All mods compiled exclusively with our own modsAPI (a special interface made by our developers for modding). We also allow mods that are mentioned by our staff on the game's official website

 

Disallowed/Forbidden Mods

(Seriously, this could lead to temporary suspension or blocking of your account!)

  • Any applications/mods/scripts that allow the execution of third-party code, change the game's original files, dynamic libraries or inject themselves into the game process. If you are not sure whether your preferred mod complies with all the rules, please consult the "modifications" thread on our official forums or simply refrain from using it
  • Applications/mods that help a player to aim in any way that is not already available in the game, which includes any predictive aiming mods
  • Bots/scripts that take away any aspect of the game controls from the player
  • Applications/mods that make otherwise unknown information available, except for those mentioned and approved on the official forums or portal

We understand our players like some of the mods that go against these principles; however, we do and always will prioritize fair play. Competition in World of Warships should rely on your skills and expertise and not on the ability to choose mods well.

 

“Gray Areas”

Since there are so many mods for our game at this point, we are sadly unable to guarantee that a mod will function correctly if players use it. 

Seemingly harmless modifications like ReShade are cosmetic in nature, but work in a way that violates several rules at once: it uses dynamic library substitution and controls the rendering process, which allows an aimbot or keylogger into the code. This makes it similar to some forbidden mods that allow those with malicious intent to gain a competitive advantage or, in some cases, steal your data.

We recommend you take the above into account and follow these guidelines if you plan to modify your game, and of course suggest that you use only the mods our team has vetted. 

If you're unsure about any particular modification, simply refrain from using it. Any issues with the game, or a loss of account or personal data related to mod use is the player's responsibility. If mods lead to a violation of game rules, we reserve the right to suspend or ban the account.

Remember, we don't officially support mod functionality, so if you're running into any errors while using them, try launching the normal game in "Safe Mode" using the drop-down arrow next to the "Play" button, then uninstall or otherwise remove the mods. 

Have fun and be safe out there!