Events - Public Screensharing Policy

In an effort to combat cheating & client modifications in Stratus events, we have decided to invest in the escalation of our player Screenshare capabilities. We are confident that these new measures will prove effective in detecting subtle cheating, while respectful of user privacy & confidentiality. The policy is designed to be as least-invasive as possible in a user's data.

This post contains information on our screensharing policy, including the various tools used and sources & links for these, our thought process in the initiation of a screenshare, and the boundaries of a screenshare. It is strongly recommended that all tournament participants read the entirety of this document and familiarize themselves with our process before registering for a Stratus event.

Note: If you are currently being screenshared, scroll down to the "Downloading Screenshare Tools" section toward the end of this thread.

Document Index

  1. Screensharing in Tournament Settings
  2. Your Privacy
  3. Ending a Screenshare & Consequences
  4. Who We Screenshare
  5. Initiating the Screenshare Process
  6. Downloading Screenshare Tools
  7. Reporting a Screenshare Abuse

1. Screensharing in Tournament Settings

A Senior Referee may screenshare players suspected of cheating. The objective of a screenshare process is to efficiently and accurately analyze and come to a conclusion on whether the user is using a modified client.

By registering, all players agree to be screenshared upon request from the senior referees, as per our Tournament Ruleset.

Senior Referees are the only staff members permitted to screenshare users, and may only do so within and during a tournament setting. "Tournament setting" is here defined as an extensive, multi-day period, that encompasses the event's schedule.

To provide the least impact to match schedules, we will try to conduct screenshares in between rounds.


2. Your Privacy

Our users' privacy is of utmost importance to us. The data we seek to examine is strictly informative of minecraft client modifications. We will not go exploring your machine unbounded, nor seek to look at folders potentially containing obvious sensitive information. However, we will want to examine folders which we think may contain Minecraft-related, including for example the recycling-bin/trash (your deleted files).

It is your responsibility to keep your Minecraft folders clear of any sensitive data, and we claim no responsibility over sensitive data stored in folders considered relevant to the Minecraft client investigation, that is found during the screenshare process.

We will use Discord's screen-sharing feature for the screenshare procedure. You will retain control over your computer at all times, but should follow instructions given by Event staff. it is they are doing in clear terms to the user (e.g. "I am now going to look at your minecraft folder"). The user can at any moment ask the Senior Referee to freeze their action to request clarification, or terminate the screenshare.

If at any point a user is concerned about an action, they may pause the screenshare process to request context and/or reasoning.

Please consult the list of Senior Referees on the Tournament Ruleset.


3. Ending a Screenshare And Consequences

A user may at any point decide to end the screenshare process. The consequence for failing to complete the screenshare is an automatic permanent tournament ban.

Any user who intentionally places files or content that seek to be harmful to the Senior Referee or other community members (e.g. screamers, explicit/mature/inappropriate content, doxing material, etc.) in a Minecraft related folder or as a desktop background will result in the immediate termination of the screenshare process. The consequence of an unsuccessful completion of the screenshare process is an automatic permanent tournament ban. The user may be subject to more severe consequences based on the severity of the aggression, including a network-broad permanent ban.


4. Who We Screenshare

  • We do not accept screenshare requests
  • Reports containing pertinent video evidence are likelier to encourage the initiation of a screenshare process
  • Video evidence should be submitted via our web report system and web reports will be analyzed as soon as possible, though typically in between match weekends. If the evidence is deemed sufficient, the player may be either banned or screenshared at the next opportunity
  • If you suspect someone of cheating and don't have video evidence recorded, make an in-game report. All reports are read, and staff members will observe suspected players to determine whether the initiation of evidence collection, a screenshare or a ban are appropriate
  • The Senior Referees maintains sole discretion over the individuals chosen for and the motive behind a screenshare process

5. Initiating the Screenshare Process

  • If we decide to screenshare a player, we will join the team's voice channel and ask the player to join a private voice channel with Senior Referee(s)
  • We will ask the player to keep their current Minecraft client running & open: any player with whom the process has been initiated who willingly or unwillingly closes their game client without authorization will automatically face consequences resulting from a refusal to successfully complete a tournament screenshare, i.e. a permanent tournament ban
    • As such, we strongly recommend all players at the end of the match to remain connected to the server for at least thirty seconds to a minute before deciding to close their running Minecraft client
    • We consider the player to be informed of this, and arguments along the lines of "I did not know I was being screenshared" will be rejected in any appeal process
  • The player will then be asked to download a selection of screensharing tools which have been reviewed and approved by the Senior Referees. Please find this list below.

6. Downloading Screenshare Tools

A screenshared player may be asked to download multiple or all of the tools listed below:

Only Last Activity Viewer and Previous Files Recovery may require an administrator password, while the rest should not.

We recommend downloading our pre-packaged Screenshare Tools Folder (comes as a zip), which contains four of the five screenshare tools that might be used. Paladin is available for download here and not included in the .zip folder. The link to the .zip folder is below. Feel free to download it ahead of the tournament and take the time to gain familiarity with the contents. The file is no greater than 8MB and is stored on Google Drive:

Stratus Screenshare Tools.zip

We expect users to comply rapidly with the screenshare process, so any delaying in the form of “give me a few minutes to check what I’m downloading!” will not be accepted. You should have done the research into the tools, which we’ve listed above, ahead of time.

All of these tools were examined and tested by the Stratus Event Staff, in dialog with a special panel of hand-picked members from our community and from other staff branches (notably Moderation). We certify our trust in these tools, have explored them inside & out ourselves, are confident that they do not contain malware, and are comfortable requiring of screenshared users to download these.

We recommend to any users concerned to download and familiarize themselves with these tools before the tournament day. Reading the documentation and exploring the links above is particularly suggested.


7. Reporting a Screenshare Abuse

Please contact support@stratus.network If you believe a Senior Referee has violated your privacy, or performed an illegal action that is not in agreement with the guidelines laid out in this public policy.

We take our users' privacy very seriously and want the user to understand that our Event Staff is tightly bounded by the restrictions laid out in this document.