Final Fantasy XIV bans over 5,000 accounts for RMT activity

    
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Trading real money for gil in Final Fantasy XIV is expressly forbidden. Players shouldn’t do that if they want to keep their accounts. Apparently more than 5,000 people didn’t get that message, as the latest dispatch from the development team has announced that 5,037 accounts participating in RMT have been terminated as part of the ongoing staff effort to find and penalize those who take part in these prohibited activities.

Another 814 accounts were also terminated for advertising RMT services, although it’s more likely these were accounts used by automated bots. Players are encouraged to use the quick report option to submit information of suspected RMT activity, naturally, especially seeing suspiciously synchronized clouds of characters with gibberish names moving as a group. The lesson here? Don’t engage in RMT or your account might be terminated. Neither a buyer nor a seller be.

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Pheeb Hello

I say just allow them if people want to buy in game currency

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Rndomuser

LOL. You are aware that they do this almost every week, right? This is absolutely nothing “newsworthy”, it’s equal to writing about server maintenance or Mog Station maintenance they do.

And any active player knows that removing these bots is pretty useless – there are tools (I will not link them here) which can automatically create multiple new accounts with randomly generated names for FFXIV, and I’ve seen bots either teleporting from Gridania’s main aethernet (those are farming bots or account leveling bots) or advertising gil selling websites every day back when I had active account in this game.

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Utakata

Perhaps this is an emphasis push by SE themselves as a PR warning to those that break their game rules repeatedly. And we could argue to the deaths whether this will be effective or not. But either way, MOP has picked it up maybe because SE is making more noise about it. Thus reporting it as is. It is something to consider before you putting the word newsworthy under scare quotes again. Non?

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Rndomuser

SE is not “making more noise about it”. If you will go to official website for FFXIV you will see that the ban waves happen almost every week, with same exact reports being published almost every week as the one this article is linking to. There is no “maybe”. There are only facts like this page with all the ban wave reports, reports which is regular occurrence:
https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/news/category/1

The latest ban wave is not even largest one in terms of number of banned accounts.

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Utakata

The “maybe” is put there because it’s also might not be the case. My consideration was never a definite in the first place, allowing for possible error. /shrug

As for the context…

“The lesson here? Don’t engage in RMT or your account might be terminated. Neither a buyer nor a seller be.”

…is reasonable enough, I guess. Rather I would be more concerned that this a pervasive and persistent issue if what you and others are claiming here.

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Nosy Gamer

See, that’s exactly the issue. The article gives no context as to why this is notable. There are no statements from YoshiP or anyone else at Square Enix. There’s not even an “OMG, the number of banned accounts doubled from last week!” moment. (Spoiler alert, banned accounts increased by 23 from last week).

I did notice more gil seller spam than normal lately, so it was nice to see the number of spammer accounts banned increased from 615 to 814 last week. But we didn’t get those types of details in the article.

Don’t get me wrong, I like to see articles about people getting banned for botting and RMT. But this was a pretty boilerplate effort.

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Syran

Why is this suddenly being reported as news? This report from Square Enix happens every month and most of those banned account tend to be bots from those selling gil, not actual players. It’s also worth noting that 5000 accounts does not equal 5000 people, it’s usually just a small group constantly creating new accounts to keep bot-farming gil when their other accounts get banned.

https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/news/detail/5f257ac8c5e7f2c83d1ab6760e1374f0626d3d42
https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/news/detail/c29dd40b1b605f910e99d0a526f3d46dda1f4323
https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/news/detail/2e1b06e2163491df73f99db98eb80bc34fa15db8
et cetera.

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Rndomuser

Yea, this is being done almost every week, as anyone who follows main site can see, with roughly same amount of accounts (between 3000 and 5000 each week) because all those accounts are being regularly replaced by bot handlers:

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