City of Heroes Homecoming is now banning accounts for… real-money trading


If you thought you could get away with a bit of gold-selling or gold-buying on the side while participating in City of Heroes’ rogue server community, think again, as apparently the Homecoming servers have begun banning for real-money trading in yet another apparent push for respectability.

“Today we issued a ban wave to a number of accounts involved in RWT (Real World Trading – the act of exchanging real money for in-game goods and services),” the team wrote, pointing out the section of the code of conduct that explicitly forbids it. “All accounts caught selling have been permanently banned, with no possibility of appeal. All accounts caught buying have been suspended for 2 weeks and had all influence removed from them. A total of 54 accounts have been actioned as part of this ban wave, with over 20 billion influence deleted. We are now fully capable of tracking down RWT activity going forwards, so we would advise you do not partake in such activities if you wish to continue playing on Homecoming.”

We’re still chuckling that an RMT company apparently decided the technically illegal rogue servers for a dead superhero MMO were ripe for business. I guess that means Homecoming has truly Arrived? Also, come on folks, it’s easier to make money on Homecoming than on live – what exactly do you need that inf for?

Source: Official forums. Thanks, Yrys!
In the spring of 2019, gamers uncovered a secret City of Heroes server running using the sunsetted game’s original code, which was ultimately turned over to the community. There are now multiple public and private servers for the beloved superhero MMORPG, with over 100,000 people on Homecoming alone. NCsoft has not commented publicly or taken legal action on them and is still in talks regarding the game’s future as of September 2019.
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