You’d think that people might think twice about cheating in EVE Online, given that in 2018 alone, the company banned tens of thousands of botters and RMT participants. But you’d be wrong! CCP’s latest security dev blog counts 637 accounts banned for client hacking specifically, plus a few thousand more for hacking, botting, and RMT. The company says it’s working with Ebay and legal teams to crack down on RMT specifically and begs players not to engage in it.
Part of the problem, CCP seems to be suggesting, is the ease with which cheaters can jump in on free-to-play accounts. And it’s got some ideas along those lines:
“Given the ease of access to alpha characters that are competent for use in botting activities, the EVE Development Team is currently exploring the possibility of putting a few features behind a requirement to have an Omega character. Right now, these explorations are in the early stages and aren’t nailed down, but may include things such as high level (level 4 and 5) courier missions, and other similar activities in New Eden.”
Meanwhile, CCP CEO Hilmar Pétursson gave PC Invasion a new interview on the company that has a baffling characterization of last year’s Pearl Abyss buyout in which the company’s original investors “kept CCP limited to short-term planning for its games,” which was “why CCP decided it was time for a change” and chose Pearl Abyss.