When we activated the one-account-per-machine mechanism with the server update last week, we were aware that it is easy to circumvent for dedicated villains. Yet, we gave it a try before taking more drastic measures.
Unfortunately, as expected, people are circumventing it and continue their malicious behavior. As they can easily create new accounts once we ban them, we’re basically unable to ban such people.
Therefore, at the expense of FAF’s openness for new players, we decided to force Steam-Link for all accounts created after 2018-09-15 12:00 UTC.
This means that new users are required to:
- Have a Steam account
- Have Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance in their game library
- Go through FAF’s Link Account to Steam process
Otherwise, they won’t be able to log in.
It really hurts me to enable this as it is going to be a big hurdle for anyone who wants to join FAF or bring their friends over. But unfortunately, this step seems necessary for now.
We will continue to improve the one-account-per-machine system and try to work out other options (like mobile phone validation) but since our resources are rather limited, it will likely take quite a while until we are ready to remove the Steam-Link restriction.
Thank you for your understanding,