Halo Infinite players may sometimes get a strange User is banned alert out of the blue. Prior to this alert, you may also get another error that says the game was unable to connect to the fireteam.
Getting banned for seemingly no reason or for simply trying to connect to a match can be really frustrating. Let’s explore what could be causing this issue and how you can fix it.
Why did I get banned from Halo Infinite?
If you leave a Halo Infinite match before it ends, you’ll get banned. This applies to both ranked and non-ranked matches. Halo bans players for quitting non-ranked matches as well. Unfortunately, Halo Infinite issues bans irrespective of players leaving the match voluntarily or due to technical issues. If you kill yourself, you’ll also get banned.
Types of violation that may get you banned in Halo Infinite
- Frequently quitting matches
- Excessive idling through games
- Dodging matches
- Attempting to manipulate playlist ranking, matchmaking
- Network manipulation
- Impersonating 343 Industries employees
- Representing yourself as a player other than yourself
- Filing false reports against other players
- Creating new accounts to bypass active bans
How long is the ban time for Halo Infinite?
Ban time in Halo Infinite varies depending on the number of previous bans, and increases with each new ban. For example, the first ban has a total ban time of five minutes. The fourth ban keeps you away from Halo Infinite for 6 hours. However, two consecutive bans will bring you a 16-hour ban time.
List of Halo Infinite auto-ban times
- First ban: 5 minutes
- Second ban: 15 minutes
- Third ban: 30 minutes
- Fourth ban: 6 hours
- Fifth ban: 16 Hours
- Sixth ban: 24 hours
- Seventh ban: 48 hours (as noticed by players)
- Consecutive bans: 16 hours
After abandoning two matches, Halo Infinite’s ban system activates automatically and waits for you to quit the third match. After leaving the game three times, you’ll get your first ban which lasts for 5 minutes.
It seems that after the seventh ban, ban time jumps to 48 hours. However, this information has not been officially confirmed yet. It’s just something that users noticed.
It seems that the ban count doesn’t reset. This means that each additional ban triggers longer ban times. Unfortunately, Halo Infinite doesn’t give you any sort of timer.
Halo Infinite banned for leaving or crashing
Halo Infinite’s ban system is severely flawed. Sometimes, players can experience various technical issues that are beyond their control. For instance, server issues may cause players to leave multiple games over a short period.
If your computer fails to load the game properly, or suddenly freezes and crashes, Halo’s servers counts these events as abandoning the match. This means that players can get banned over technical glitches and errors that are beyond their control.
How to avoid Halo Infinite’s auto-ban system
- Play the whole match to the end
It doesn’t matter if all your teammates are dead or they voluntarily left the match. Keep on playing the match to the end.
Also, try to avoid quitting non-ranked matches to find CTF matches and complete the Fiesta challenge.
I just got banned for quitting non-ranked matches to find CTF matches for the stupid challenge.
- Don’t kill yourself
Don’t try to kill yourself on Fiesta to unlock the sniper.
I just tried killing myself over and over on fiesta to get the sniper for the lame challenges , got banned.
How to appeal a Halo Infinite ban
If you consider the ban was wrongfully applied, you can file an appeal. A Halo Safety agent will review your case and then approve or decline your appeal.
- Go to Halo Support and log into your account
- Open any support article
- Scroll down to “Was this article helpful?”
- Hit the Submit a ticket button
- When choosing the issue type, select Enforcement – Ban Appeal
- Provide Halo Support with all the necessary information
- Submit the ticket
If you abandon a match before it ends or kill yourself, you’ll get banned. Unfortunately, Halo Infinite doesn’t draw any distinction between voluntarily leaving matches and abandoning matches due to technical issues.