EVE Online has banned almost 20,000 accounts since February for botting and RMT

    
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THE LAW WILL GET YOU
Y’all remember the wild mess in EVE Online last winter and spring, when CCP Games said it was “coming for the bots” and getting tough on botting in the space sandbox? At the time, CCP said it had already banned 1800 accounts just in the month of January – and that was after a group of bot-hunting vigilante players had exposed the scale of the problem by taking down some of the outrageously expensive supercarriers owned by an RMT crew and piloted by bots.

CCP Games put out an update on its progress in the war on bots today, saying it understands that it’s “a key issue in the eyes of [its] community.” It says it’s banned 18,398 accounts since February: 8771 for RMT, 4250 for botting, and 5377 for account hacking.

The studio also says it has implemented a new password checking system to prevent account hacking and further asks the community to help by voluntarily enabling two-factor authentication on EVE Online accounts and by keeping those bot reports coming.

“We’re continuing to work on more inventive and creative ways to rain unholy hell down on those who choose to engage in these kinds of behaviours, and fully understand the community’s concerns around the need for more action on this front.”

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Castagere Shaikura

Most of the people that play Eve have more than one account. No sweat off their back with this. When i played Eve in 2003 or 4 everyone in my corp bought isk. In fact it was mandatory to do it. They didn’t care what the players did at all.

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Alex Js.

Oh boo hoo, they banned SOME botters… While totally ignoring the others – I remember the incident few months ago where some corp found and killed 8 botting Nyx ships, which was all over the Reddit. Guess what, at least one of these accounts who were used to pilot those Nyx appear to be still active according to killboard:
https://zkillboard.com/character/1858133092/

Edit: also, there are already many reports in the Reddit thread related to this news by users who have plenty of examples of many botters STILL being active even months after reporting… So all these supposedly banned user numbers that CCP provides are most likely from fresh free accounts, and heavily inflated, especially considering that CCP doesn’t even mention the character names of banned accounts.

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Danny Smith

So thats 5% of the playerbase gone in one night. Time for the swarms to quickly fill in those gaps :p

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Jonny Sage

Only 800k to go!

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Paragon Lost

RMT? Real Money Transactions? Anyhow, good job on CCP for making the attempt to combat some of this stuff.

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deekay_000

real money trade.

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Paragon Lost

Thanks D-kay, I can never keep track of the acronyms anymore. As I posted I was speculated on it. Usually an article will actually spell out an acronym the first time it’s used in an article. MassivelyOp has always been pretty lazy about doing it though.

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Jonny Sage

It basically legal in EVE. You can buy ISK from players with game time cards.

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Paragon Lost

I’m aware of the whole buying and selling of ISK. I guess I don’t quite follow what the players were banned for since ISK buying and selling is legal in the game. Which I think is why I was a bit confused as to what RMT was since as you mention, real money buying and selling of in game currency is legal.

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Sally Bowls

real money buying and selling of in game currency is legal.

Only certain RL$ transactions with CCP are legal. All others are not. You must launder the RL$ through CCP.

So if you want to spend $99 for some ISK, then you can buy some plex from CCP and sell it on the AH. But trying to get a better deal by offering your buddy the money for more ISK or buying it off of CheapISKAndPorn.ru is not.

The buying, selling or auctioning (or any attempt at doing so) of characters, character attributes, items, currency, or objects, whether through online auctions, newsgroups, postings on message boards or any other means is prohibited by the EULA and a violation of CCP’s proprietary rights in the Game.

You can not buy a ship for $20 from a friend or a gold farmer. You can buy $20 worth of PLEX, sell it for ISK, and use the resulting ISK to buy the same ship

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Paragon Lost

Thanks for the clarification Sally. :)