"Datacenter.appeal @ forum.ss14.io" - are VPNs and such forbidden?

Seeing there this ban appeal with such reason. Myself I live in pretty shitty place with heavy network surveillance done by government. I use Tor whenever possible to mitigate that. When that is not an option (UDP networking, low latency requirements - both are characteristic for multiplayer videogames), I use VPN instead.

All for non-malicious purposes.

I suggest you start doing /32 IP address exceptions for players willing to use blocked IP ranges, at least when player can confirm that IP is not likely to be used maliciously (as if, shared at random with other VPN service users).

If you’re seeing this then this IP has previously been abused by a ban evader. We don’t proactively go out of our way to ban VPN ranges.