*** UPDATE: bearchaser4 doesn’t seem to be the only one recently hit. More info here: http://www.arcgames.com/en/forums#/discussion/1200426/mass-banning-going-on/p1 ***
Sometimes you just can’t believe your eyes and the case of bearchaser4 is one of those occasions. The member of the German Neverwinter community publicly admitted to farm Leadership on 49 characters and initiated a controversial discussion around the topic only to find himself banned a few days later for what was called “farming/botting”.
Astonished about the development Bear contacted the the German Community Manager to seek further explanation and got this: (uncensored google cache)
Unfortunately, bearchaser4 has since been banned from the forum as well and it’s not looking like he’ll be playing Neverwinter again. He didn’t leave without posting a very touching goodbye to the German community. Most of the post is very personal and we refrain from translating it completely. Although you get the sense that the dude might have some issues (he played up to 14 hours per day and described Neverwinter as ‘all he has and more than a game’), it’s safe to say we lost one of the more dedicated players in bearchaser4.
This is just another chapter of PWE randomly banning players because of ridiculous rules or rule interpretations. German Community Manager Fero confirmed the existence of such a Fair Use Policy. Of course they didn’t gave specifics, but apparently doing Leadership on 50 characters and transferring ADs to another account is too much. What’s next? Banned for farming dungeons excessively? At least the German moderation let the discussion go on for a certain time while bearchaser4 got modded down in our realms as quick as you would expect (1) (2).
Thanks to MinMax Fortytwo for reporting this! Farewell bearchaser4, you deserve better!