Chinese World of Warcraft players beg NetEase to rescue them from RMT bot infestation

    
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Not that kind of prison, silly!

How is World of Warcraft doing in China? If one player’s collected account is anything to go by, not well at all. A Chinese player posted a plea for help in the game’s subreddit, with pictures and animated gifs showing what happens when an MMORPG is drowning in RMT bot nonsense.

Among the issues this player points out are group finder parties that are nothing but RMT boosting website advertisements, floods of whispered RMT ads when players enter Orgrimmar or Stormwind, and 24-hour gold-farming activity, which has driven the price of WoW Tokens up by 50% over the past month. Furthermore, players that work for RMT sites are bullying legitimate players out of content; dungeon runs are being sold for cash, and things like Darkshore Warfront runs that start off with normal players see those players kicked by an RMT party leader and replaced with people who bought in for a boss fight.

According to the claims, NetEase, the steward for WoW in China, appears to be unwilling to address the matter. Players have sent in bot activity reports, which were responded to with canned sympathy replies but no action, while calls for NetEase to help the matter posted on forums and Weibo have reportedly gone unanswered. Another Chinese player’s reply also recounted a submitted ticket that was almost immediately discarded.

“We hope Blizzard can hear us and convey our appeal to NetEase. We also hope that WoWers around the world can give us a hand,” begs the post. “We are fighting for the same Azeroth, but ours have been deeply corrupted. Please, we don’t want to lose it. Join us toward the criticism against the inaction of NetEase, and help us spread the words. We need NetEase to come out and give us a direct response regarding the spammed gaming environment.”

source: Reddit, thanks to Wilhelm for the tip!
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Chosenxeno .

If there is no food to eat, Roaches will go away. People are buying so they are going to keep selling.

Techno Wizard
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Techno Wizard

Chinese WoW player: “Hey druid, do you want to do some healing in our pug?”

Druid: “Uzi 9mm, I’ll be back.!”

Chinese WoW player: “…bot… hey I’ll ask that priest never mind, hey excuse me do you-”

Priest: “Sarah Connor?”

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Dani Reasor

I wonder how many of the bots are playing female troll hunters with boar pets named “boar.” That always seemed to be the default setting on them when I used to see them in Burning Crusade.

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Utakata

From the link: That’s a real special kinda Hell, isn’t it. /bleh

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Covynant001

Interestingly enough, my son was over on Mother’s day and he complained that his US server in retail has become infested with bots recently.

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Jiminy Smegit

I remember having multiple issues with bots over the course of the years, in many different MMO’s and one thing always strikes me. Following the report of the name, if a GM monitored the reported name for more than a few seconds it would be blatantly obvious that it was a bot crew. After reporting these names, I have literally never seen anything happen to these bots and I see them still running around months later.

So, the game companies are well aware of who the bots are and are obviously quite happy to take their money or in some way have no financial incentive to remove them. It is a sad state of affairs, currently playing EQ1 and the servers are a total shitshow of bot activity, especially on whatever the latest nostalgia server is.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

This is what happens when you essentially have a State sanctioned gold farming industry. It sucks for all the legit players out there, but until the world’s nations stop kowtowing for the almighty Chinese Yuan, then nothing is going to change.

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Ironwu

A whole barnyard full of chickens coming home to roost!

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Gfees

Chinese complaining about RMT’ers in WoW. Now that’s friggin’ hilarious.

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Nathan Aldana

Yeah, because the average chinese person is definitely behind RMT bots and the fact they share a nationality with people who do that is all the reason to discount them and wave middle fingers at the air at them

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Bruno Brito

There’s one billion and 500million chinese on China. A lot of them don’t even play WoW, and not all of those who do are botters.

But please, do tell us in your almighty wisdow how 20% of the entire human population are gold farmers.

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Crowe

I’m totally not defending him but wanted to respond to the “how 20% of the entire human population are gold farmers” remark. Well, I think a larger percentage of the world pop than that has to work for a living, right? It may not be literal gold but then again, the gaming gold farmers are only farming for digital gold anyway. :)

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Bruno Brito

You got me.

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Shadex De'Marr

It’s OK Gfees. Some people just don’t get irony. Hell even Alanis Morissette and she wrote a song about it.

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Bruno Brito

I’m sorry, where’s the irony?

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Utakata

It’s irony because they say it’s irony…

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Bruno Brito

I don’t think they understand how irony works.

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Dobablo

Noooooooo. You missed an opportunity to use a Princess Bride gif!
That is Fifty Internet Cool Points Minus.

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Utakata

You mean, irony…

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Shadex De'Marr

It’s ironic that a country which has been one of the largest sources of gold farming and bots since EQ is now complaining about them.

((Edited by mod to remove ad hom. Please review the commenting code.))

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Utakata

…while you’re at it, you should look up “poor assumptions”. o.O

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Bruno Brito

Wait, did the CCP complain about goldbotting, or some chinese players? Because you’re clearly convoluting chinese botters with chinese players with chinese citizens. Not only you made a xenophobic remark, but you were also [being kinda obnoxious].

((Edited by mod to de-escalate the ad hom. Guyyys.))

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squid

Been happening in EQ1 for years. It’s just the reality of MMOs—anti-bot/rmt enforcement isn’t worth the cost to developers.