It appears like Final Fantasy XIV has observed really a bit of genuine-income trading and some other “illicit” activities in the final week, which has resulted in a wave of bans from the game. Developer Square Enix has just posted news of some actions taken against players who’ve fallen foul of its guidelines, and account terminations are into the thousands.
In the post on the Final Fantasy XIV web page covering “actions taken against in-game RMT and other illicit activities,” the studio lists the actions its taken against players on these among July 25 and 31. For “participation in RMT/prohibited activities” 9,626 accounts have been terminated, with 19 temporarily suspended. For RMT marketing 782 accounts have been terminated.
“Botting activity (applying any quantity of third celebration tools that enable for automation)” was represented to a far lesser extent, but some players had been nonetheless confirmed engaging in the activity, with 3 accounts terminated, and 25 temporarily suspended.
RMT, which is an activity exactly where players use genuine income to get digital content material or solutions, is against the game’s terms of service and the studio says in the post that it, and other prohibited activities, “upset the balance” of Final Fantasy XIV.
Earlier examples of RMT resulting in bans in an MMORPG include “actions against” some Globe of Warcraft players who had been mentioned to be “actively participating in and/or marketing the sale of in-game raid or dungeon clears in exchange for genuine-planet currency.”
Square Enix tends to make clear in the post that it will continue to take “stringent disciplinary action” against players who engage in RMT or other disallowed activities, and gives guidance on how to report any that come up.