If you’re tired of watching exploiters and cheaters wreck your favorite MMOs, maybe give some attention to Riders of Icarus, where Nexon is putting players’ urge for vigilante justice to work. With its “Bounty for the Hunter” event, the company is incentivizing normal folk to report anybody abusing the game mechanics in exchange for some loot. Only the first reporter gets the goods, you can be rewarded only once per account, and yes, submitting fake reports will get you a ban of your own.
Miscreants are looking at just a one-week ban and a reset of their ill-gotten gains. Reporters grab a pack full of buff goodies; the best part is that the reward includes a pair of ridiculous uniforms. Don’t ask us why the dude’s hat is lopsided and the girl is inexplicably wearing hotpants! Guess you don’t need pants to report cheaters.
Think this sort of thing ever works? What happens when the people motivated have reported all the exploiters and are no longer rewarded for doing it?