Square Enix has revealed that it has banned over 9,000 Final Fantasy XIV accounts for violating the game’s terms of service by partaking in illicit activities such as real money trading. According to the publisher, such activities upset the game’s balance.
The accounts were banned during the five-day period between July 25th and July 31st. A notice on the game’s website reads:
We have confirmed that a number of players are engaging in these illicit activities and have therefore taken the actions listed below.
Time Period: Jul. 25, 2019 to Jul. 31, 2019
・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
Anyone who discovers any exploits should, under no circumstances, take advantage of or disseminate such information. Instead, we ask that players file a report by using the in-game command [System Menu] -> [Support Desk] -> [Contact Us] -> [Report Cheating].
In addition, RMT advertising can be reported by right-clicking the offending character’s name in the chat log, and selecting [Report]>[Report RMT activity]. The report will be processed automatically, and if determined to be involved in RMT advertising, the reported character’s comments will be restricted.
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.
Consider yourself warned and play fair!
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[Source: Final Fantasy XIV]