Black Desert bans nearly 600 fish botters

    
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In the war between robots and fish, the only side who wins is… wait, is there a war going between robots and fish? Well, assume for the purposes of this story that there is. At least, that would be the logical reason for 574 players of Black Desert to be deploying fish bots in order to fish up all of the oceanic meals in the water.

Wait, what’s that? They were doing it to exploit the game and make in-game money? Well, it doesn’t really matter why they were doing it, because they’ve been summarily banned as part of an ongoing investigation. And it’s an investigation that ends in a place where they’re unlikely to get the bans overturned on appeal.

As usually happens, the community staff is not naming and shaming; it’s enough to know that the bots are gone and likely won’t be back. Or, at the very least, will have to buy the game again, which is a blatant cash grab just because the botters cheated egregiously. So, hopefully they’re gone for good.

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sirsam

Any game that allows most activities to be done while you aren’t even there is trash. Its no longer a game, and more like a macro simulator.

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Arktouros

Banning fish botters is the kind of impact it has on the economy. We’re at the stage of the game now where the initial influx of Steam customers are all working on their boss gear so Memory Fragments to repair their gear is in high demand. This in turn makes Relics you can get from Fishing in high demand. So when they ban the fish botters they’re banning a huge chunk of the supply which then creates scenarios where Relics hit their economic cap.

However it also means activities like AFK fishing become relatively competitive with AFK processing and AFK fishing (in the right area) can take pretty low inventory space making it a good activity for people who don’t want to spend as much money on the game.

So can seem pretty annoying on one hand, but good fix to the game on the other for legitimate fishers.

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MKlwr

I’m glad they did. Now they just need to work on the Marketplace bots and we’ll be golden.

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Melissa McDonald

Kind of strange that they allow AFK fishing, but worry about “fish bots”. I’m sure there are salient, critical, life-changing differentiations that can be painted, but for a simple Musselburgh lass, it’s an excuse to ask for another pint.

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Kawaii Five-O

It’s basically 3x faster to ‘active’ fish and faster still when using bait which has a short, timed duration and increases the rate at which you’ll hook something. Once you hook something, you can either play the mini-game to catch it immediately or it will automatically be reeled in after 3 minutes.

So, a bot would give you far more chances at getting ancient relics and rare fish while afk like wratts explained below. Automatically throwing out any fish below a certain grade (or all fish) keeps your inventory from filling up and allows you to fish unattended for longer.

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Melissa McDonald

fancy a Guiness?

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Darthbawl

“Fish bots! Fish bots! Roly poly fish bots! Fish bots! Fish bots! Ban them up! Yum!”

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wratts

For those who don’t know, the fish bots were actually to restrict what you fish up to only high value items, in particular ancient relics. A high value (gold) fish will be worth 30k, a relic that you get at about a 5% rate is 900k. The bots were fishing and throwing out the fish unless you looted up a relic, was pretty brazen cheating

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Zora

I take the economy is heavily based around the sale of… fish-derived products?

I know botting is bad and the intricacies of BD’s economy elude me, but I got to say to the casual, passing-by observer this sure looks like a hell of a risk-vs-reward reason to get banned for… <_<

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Eliandal

Unfortunately, there has always been a subset of the population who have no morals, and just know they won’t be caught. Inevitably – they are, and then the forum whining starts ;P

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Arktouros

Fishing can be rewarding, yes, but it’s not what the economy is driven around no.

Generally speaking, yes it is and no it’s really not worth it.