BioWare Bans SWTOR Players for Exploiting Ilum PvP Zone, Explains Why
The Old Republic contains a high-level PvP zone named Ilum that some players have been exploiting to farm loot, “systematically and repeatedly looting containers in very high numbers resulting in the game economy becoming unbalanced.” This exploit breached the game’s rules of conduct, which state:
You may not engage in any conduct or practice that results in an Account containing items, objects, currency, character attributes, rank, or status that are inappropriate for the level or rank of the character contained in the Account, i.e., ‘item loading.’
Consequently, suspect accounts have been temporarily suspended or outright banned in order to bring this issue in check. Community Manager Stephen Reid commented on the official forums:
It’s important to remember that our Terms of Service team is extremely careful and thorough in their investigation of any potential exploit or unusual activity in-game. Working closely with the development team and using extensive metrics based on player activity, they are able to determine what is normal player activity, what is unusual and what is exploiting. Our goal is always to ensure a fair game experience for all players while also protecting the rights of individuals, and if people are disrupting the play experience for others action will be taken.
Regardless of whether or not they are justified, these bans, coupled with the recent slicing nerf, suggest BioWare wants to govern TOR’s economy with an iron fist, rather than let it evolve naturally in the hands of the players. Do you think this is a smart move?