Banned Cabal II gold buyers called out by GM

    
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So here’s your cautionary tale for today: If you’re going to protest your innocence after being banned from an MMO, then it helps if you actually are innocent.

Several Cabal II players took to the official forums to complain about ESTSoft unfairly banning them from the title. Cabal II Lead GM Lorkan shot back with a detailed transcript of instances of the players purchasing alz (in-game currency) from a third-party site. “You were not blocked for no apparent reason,” the GM wrote. “Violating our policy comes with consequences. With this information. I can guarantee you that you were blocked specifically for alz buying.”

To another player who complained that the GM called them out on the forums, the GM replied, “You’ve chosen to make your issue public. I am addressing them publicly as you have decided.”

There was no word whether or not ESTSoft shipped a bottle of aloe to the former players for those burns.

Source: Official forums. Thanks to Khalith for the tip!
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AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

@Wakkander I suppose I’ve burned that particular bridge, if those emails I received are legitimate (I’m sure they aren’t though, there are telltale signs they are phishing attempts). If the day comes I want to play another online game from Blizzard, I’ll deal with any hurdles at that time.

Wakkander
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Wakkander

AilsaN10 No one was using it, and that includes me, but as to caring it was something of the principle of the thing.
I had been accused of breaking a games rules and ‘punished’ without any apparent due diligence on the behalf of blizzard. Even once they admitted they were wrong, they still kept it frozen for years because I didn’t want to jump through their hoops to prove my identity because they made a mistake.

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

@Wakkander yeah but if your CC is not being charged by Blizzard, who cares? My account had a few max level toons (at least the max level available at that time) but, like you, I have no plans to return. If someone else has taken charge of my account somehow, Blizzard can ban it and delete all the characters for all I care. I’m not being charged by Blizzard so it is no longer my concern. It’s someone else’s problem now.

Wakkander
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Wakkander

AilsaN10 Oh my first reaction was to think it was a phishing scam, it wasn’t though, I had actually been banned by blizzard.

Winterskorn
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Winterskorn

OMG that was delicious I went and read the forums fantastic :D

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

Then I hope you never ever complain about gold-sellers spamming in chat or obvious bots farming in areas that disrupt the normal gameplay of others. You gave up that right when you supported their business.

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

I frequently get emails making the claim that my long-ago-cancelled account is under suspicion for TOS-breaking behavior. If legitimate, then someone else is paying for the ability to play on my account since I am not being charged. In that case, not my problem.
But in reality, these are simply phishing attempts to get my log-in credentials and cc info.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Snerk. I harbour a particular hatred for gold sellers and buyers because of the way it wrecks in-game economies and exploits people. There was much satisfaction at seeing the GM report numbers, dates and character names when called out by the Buyers. Normally I don’t think name and shame is the best way forward but in this instance it was the OP publically calling out the GMs, so a public GM reply was warrented.

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AngelicArtwork

Damonvile I knew a guy who manipulated a known marketplace bug in EQ1 and was banned. He went to every game site, posted on every article about eq1, went to the forums, the facebook page, the player created facebook group and proceeded to claim that just because he profited from the bug he shouldn’t have been banned while folks who bought the same items, didn’t sell them, didn’t open them and reported the bug weren’t banned. Uhh because they were testing a clear bug, they didn’t manipulate the bug to make a profit. Never underestimate the power of stupid people.

ihatevnecks
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ihatevnecks

eLdritchMD dLinden Yeah problem is buyers tend to = revenue for the MMO through subs/store purchases, meaning a long term customer; get rid of them and they’re not as likely to stick around.
Sellers = free/trial/hacked accounts with little long term value beyond possibly buying an initial copy of the game. Ban them and they either stay gone, create a new free account, or buy the game again (if boxed) because they need it for their business. Or just keep hacking legit accounts, that end up banned quickly anyways.