Guild Wars Outlines RMT Policy

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When I think of MMOs with Real Money Trading problems, Guild Wars isn’t the first one that springs to mind. However, popularity draws real money traders like blood in the water.

ArenaNet has issued a statement with its policy on RMT and why players should avoid the practice of trading their hard earned cash for virtual gold and items. Most of you should have heard this all before. In case you haven’t; here’s how these companies ruin the game for everyone.

Some of the damage is mere annoyance such as bots that spam general and trade channels. Farm bots devalue gold and items that legit players work hard to earn. The gamers that are most likely to be harmed by these companies are the players using their services. Potential users of a RMT service should be aware that the same companies you purchase your ill gotten gains from will likely turn around and steal your account and strip it of all your valuables, then use it to farm more gold and items for some other sucker.

Here’s what measures are being taken to protect the Guild Wars community:

  • We identify and ban accounts—typically more than 5,000 per week—being used by real-money trading companies.
  • We attempt to identify stolen accounts and return them to their rightful owners.
  • Our GMs monitor the game around the clock so they can remove botters and spammers from the game, often within hours of account creation.
  • When we detect a large amount of abuse from a single Internet address (IP address), we block that address from accessing the game.
  • We block open proxies (open Internet servers which can relay traffic from anywhere in the world) from accessing the game.
  • We identify players who purchase gold from real-money trading companies, and we suspend their accounts and remove the purchased gold. We also encourage these players to seek restitution from their credit card company. Real-money trading companies are not legally authorized to sell Guild Wars gold. They don’t own the gold — ArenaNet does. Credit card companies know this, so buyers of gold can generally call their credit card companies and get the charges removed.

The dangers to your account security and other personal information should be apparent, yet there are still enough gamers out there dealing with these traders to keep them in business. Some people never learn, or just don’t care.

via Guild Wars

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