The ban hammer in Final Fantasy XIV has hit hard. Square Enix has announced that nearly 10,000 player accounts for “illicit activities”. Accounts were terminated for promoting real money transactions (RMT), participating in RMT activities, and botting.
RMT activities may include groups selling in-game currency, boosts, PvP “wins”, dungeon runs, raids, etc. for real-world currency. Sellers often promote sales of these activities while in the game itself, usually using a bot or auto-responder of some type to send players to an online website.
Square Enix not only banned those who sell in-game activities for real-world currency, but also those who participated in them.
Final Fantasy XIV developers said of the bans, “We will continue to take stringent disciplinary action against any accounts involved in RMT/prohibited activities. Players should take care to avoid any activities that violate the Terms of Service.”
Here is a breakdown of the accounts banned:
Participation in RMT/prohibited activities
・Accounts terminated: 9,626
・Accounts temporarily suspended: 19
・Botting activity (Using any number of third-party tools that allow for automation)
・Accounts terminated: 3
・Accounts temporarily suspended: 25
・Accounts terminated: 782