Bungie has since issued a statement regarding news today that an unspecified amount of banned player accounts had be reinstated.
No new info was gained from our contact with Activision representatives, but PC Gamer has brought our attention to an official statement from Bungie in which they mention the reinstated accounts were not banned due to their use of third-party overlay programs. They go on to say that they "will continue to review the process we use to ensure a fun and fair game."
How many legitimate players who fell victim to this wonky system isn't yet known.
If you're one of the hundreds affected by the Destiny 2 PC release ban-wave, you may want to try logging in again. Users are reporting that their bans have been lifted with no word from Bungie themselves.
After a couple of bans went out during the Destiny 2 PC beta, Bungie made it clear that any ban would come by using programs that specifically inject code into the game. Depsite them giving the OK for overlays like FRAPs and various streaming programs, many were banned on launch seemingly due to these programs.
With hundreds of bans going out on day 1 without warning, Bungie had a bit of a problem on their hands. Of course, many of those hit with the account deletions claimed to have been using nothing but overclocking software like MSI Afterburner and sometimes even GeForce Experience to record their gameplay. After 'manually reviewing' the suspensions, however, Bungie said that these claims were 'internet BS' and issued an official response to say the bans were legitimate.
The banned players continued to refute this, and with a media storm brewing, it seems like Bungie may have decided to bite the bullet and overturn the penalties. One banned player took to Reddit to point out that upon trying to log in one last time, they got through; but they had recieved no word from the revelant support channels about the sudden decision to allow them back into the game.
In a true 'innocent until proven guilty' fashion, we only had Bungie's word to go off when these bans started to land. Likely dodging a PR nightmare, whether Bungie still believes in their initial actions or not, it seems as if the banned players have been given another chance.
We've reached out to Bungie and will update this post should we receive a response.