Huntgate might be behind us (although we still haven’t fully gotten over its negative impacts), but there’s other stuff you can get banned for. Like scamming other players! At least that’s what an exchange from the customer service suggests that a player posted on our Discord.
First of all it’s quite funny that the Game Master threatens the recipient with “further action on this account” when it is apparently already perma-banned. Lesson: Don’t blindly use templates! More than that though, some might be surprised to see the reason (“violation”) that led to the perma. It states “Openly Admitting to Scamming Other Players”. We’re not sure what the “scam” was and why “openly admitting” plays a role here. Bragging about stuff like this certainly isn’t too smart, but it shouldn’t be a decisive factor.
Scamming by the way is indeed sanctioned by the official Terms of Service in Section 15.2j:
Have Legit Auction House High-Rollers Been Hit?
What is and isn’t scamming is obviously subject to interpretation, as anything in the ToS. You can certainly debate over some stuff that’s happening on the Auction House. Players for example try to post items in a way that others may accidentally buy them for much over their value when bulk-buying certain categories. Sometimes also outdated or worthless items are posted for millions and advertised as must-have stuff. While that’s annoying, it’s the first time we hear someone getting banned for “scamming”.
More than that, some players insist that some legit Auction House high-rollers have been hit as well. Those people basically execute a “buy low, sell high” strategy and sometimes control categories or the entire market by mass-buying out certain items only to repost them for much more. That can hardly be labeled scamming, it’s just economics. For now it’s just vague rumors, but some players already brought up their theories of the devs trying to specifically target the long-term player base since Huntgate.
It might be too early to go there yet, but we will of course keep you guys posted with any new developments! In the meantime, don’t get caught (or brag about) scamming others. Because you could lose your account in the process!
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