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Published on January 3rd, 2012 | by Dan

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SWTOR Players Temp Banned for ‘Exploit’

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Apparently players in Star Wars: The Old Republic are being temporarily banned or warned for ‘exploiting’ some loot containers on a high level planet. The planet is Ilum and it is meant for level 40+ players. Players who were lower level were essentially running and grabbing the loot containers and unbalancing the economy with this container farming. There was no warning not to do this and nothing preventing a lower level player from traveling to the planet to get to the containers.  This seems like players making a “clever use of game mechanics” as Blizzard would have dubbed it. Here was the official dictation of why the bans happened from CM Stephen Reid:

“To be completely clear, while players may choose to travel to Ilum earlier than the recommended level (40+) and may loot containers if they can get to them, in the cases of those customers that were warned or temporarily suspended, they were systematically and repeatedly looting containers in very high numbers resulting in the game economy becoming unbalanced.”

If Bioware didn’t want low level players there, just close the planet to lower levels, or remove the containers, or put enemies around them.  Instead they opted to ban players after the fact. I doubt these people went there to “unbalance” the game economy. Of course blatant hacks or exploits should be punished, but not when players don’t know they did anything.

Blizzard had a similar situation in World of Warcraft with a flood of gems during the Burning Crusade expansion due to rogues farming a certain instance (Mana Tombs).  You aren’t meant to be in there alone to farm the chests, it wasn’t built for that.  But you could. Blizzard never threatened to ban or warned anyone. They acknowledged the farming and simply patched out the drops of gems and lowered the gold in the chests.  This is the right way to go about this.  They owned up to their mistake of allowing players in.  No one got banned or warned.

Making ex post facto temporary bans and warnings for something players had no idea was wrong isn’t the best way to make an impression. It feels like Bioware sending a message at the start of a new game to potential exploiters or hackers.  If this is the case, it shows they are serious about keeping the game clean. Any ill will can be forgiven.

SWTOR has gotten great reviews since coming out from almost everyone.  Let’s hope this is just the growing pains for a new MMO.

Source: maximumPC

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  • Wow. Fail.

    Isnt this a closed beta? Shouldnt they be getting a pat on the back for showing them an exploit rather than being kicked out for finding one? lol

    • Saint

      TOR has been out since December 20 (and one week earlier than that for early access). o.O

      Anyway, I’ve been playing the hell out of the game and loving every minute of it. It’s a shame to see in-game issues like this result in bans though. Hopefully, BioWare will just make the area inaccessible to lower levels and we can all move on.

  • lol did it really? wow. i fail.

  • WikiSonic

    Is it possible that people didn’t know that they were doing anything wrong? Yes.

    Were there scenarios where people of the enemy faction let the other faction loot the containers because they were both looting them over and over again and exploiting the system? Yes, this happened too, and this is where they handed out warnings and temporary suspensions.

  • bruinbrown93

    Isnt this specified in the rules of conduct in B.6 where it says You may not engage in any conduct or practice that results in an Account containing items, objects, currency, character attributes, rank, or status that are inappropriate for the level or rank of the character contained in the Account, i.e., “item loading,”.
    Source: http://www.swtor.com/legalnotices/roc

    • Dark Zero

      That’s pointless. That’s telling me I can’t store items for later levels. The commendation items shop sells me level 20 gear at level 12 if I have the commendations. I can buy that gear and when I level up, wear it. They’re saying this is against terms of conduct. That is, for true lack of a better word, bullshit.

  • Aren’t they also banning people for swearing too? Everything I hear about how they are dealing with this game makes me glad I’m no part of it.

    • WikiSonic

      No, believe I would have been banned.

  • Dark Zero

    It’s a fully released game now. Also, I find this stupid. It’s built into the game, if low level players can get to the chests and loot them for good gear, then they should be able to keep what they want. I agree with the article where it says there are many ways to fix this, including banning low level players from a planet they are unable to fight in. That’s just poor business sense, and reflects badly on the company. This is going to, by word of mouth, drive away a chunk of potential customers if people keep talking about getting banned for doing COMPLETELY LEGITIMATE FARMING for items, in terms of game mechanics.

  • GiraffeaBomb

    I love this game a lot but hearing this is upsetting yes, but I fell like this move was just a temporary fix while they get a patch out that fixes this problem. I have a level 12 bounty hunter and I feel like this is the only problem in the game that has arose so far which I fell really shows that this is a solid MMORPG, and this like they said is only a hiccup.

  • br1ht3st

    Ilum is actually meant for high level PvP, beginning at level 50, not 40. may wanna change that dan ;)

  • WikiSonic

    To clear some things, because I read the full developer post.
    BioWare has never said that they don’t want lower levels in Ilum, and Stephen Reid himself even stated that they aren’t banning lower levels just because they were at Ilum.

    Secondly, Stephen Reid also made the statement that they have made a more significant number of bans in the area of credit farming. Note, he even clarifies for all of us that these people farmed credits, and then sold them for money. What a terrible thing to do!

    After stating this, Stephen then goes on to say that a smaller number of WARNINGS and TEMPORARY SUSPENSIONS were given to people that they were sure were purposefully exploiting the game. Like I previously mentioned, he then clarifies once again that they didn’t just dish these suspensions out to whoever they wanted.

    Believe it or not, BioWare is not out to get you (yes, even you, the poor saps who aren’t even playing the game). They could’ve done many things, hey, even some of them better. The truth of the matter is, you don’t know everyone who was banned, you don’t know exactly why they were banned, and you don’t know why BioWare banned them.

    So, let’s stop acting like this problem is close to home. You’re not banned, heck, some of you aren’t even playing the game. Calm down, use some reason, and move on. While you are all running around with your heads off, I’m going to keep playing the game, not exploit it, and have a good time. =D

  • Dex

    I lol’d. Then I cried. Then I stopped giving a fuck. They knew what they were doing and they new that others didn’t. They were taking advantage of a situation. It’s okay. Ease up.

    I’m with Wiki. I don’t really care what these people did. Anyone who plays the game knows that the “economy” is very much a joke. This poses no threat to the game and is just BioWare slapping hands. We’ve seen this in every MMO. While everyone else blows it out of proportion… I’ll keep on playing it like normal.

  • DamnedNiggar

    lol thats what you get biogay for makin it a multiplayer,
    i fucking loved the knights of the old republic I and II

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