I see more bots than players now in game, and its sad.
Personally i have given up reporting them when i see them, there are just so many that it takes up a huge chunk of my playtime just to report them all.
They’ve infested every part of the game, every chat (area/say/whisper) is filled with bot gold spam, they are even in the matchmaker and group finder for guardian/dungeons(chaos&abyss), some even enter groups for abyss dungeons.
It’s gone beyond using player reports to solve this issue, there are just so many or them it becomes impossible to report everyone you see.
It’s possible the number of them are in the 10000’s possibly even 100000’s making up a large majority of the players in game.
Easy anticheat just isnt working to combat this.
This is something Amazon and Smilegate will need to solve together.
While the community can do its part to help by reporting, there is only so much this will do to solve the issue.
This isnt a great look for the game when new players immediately encounter 100’s of bots as they enter Prideholme, and every Tier 1, Tier 2 zone is filled with them.
-Weekly ban waves, the last ban wave we had was beginning of march where they banned 1 million accounts, that was probably 1/3rd of the player base at that time.
-Limit auction hall access to level 50 (I believe its level 30 to access AH currently)
-Add a random captura for character creation &/or auction house &/or for login access. While this will be annoying for real players, I would rather have this then see the world populated by bots. (Runescape has something similar for storage access)
-Increase the ignore player limit, 100 is not nearly enough, considering the 1000’s of gold seller spam accounts there are per server. This wont solve the issue but will reduce the impact on players communication.
-Limit suspected bots/gold spammers to hidden channels. This will effectively shadow ban them while you investigate the accounts.
-Add RNG puzzles in the gameplay itself that cant be predicted by bots, effectively halting there progression to access later parts of the game.
-Add a game client which requires amazon login with linked steam account.
-Add 2FA (suggestion by Selfish)
An idea would be if non-verified accounts (or if 2FA was introduced) are prevented from any trading activity. 2FA if it was one phone number per account, blacklist virtual SMS numbers, and if concerns about a legit player somehow ending up with a number a botter had in the past temp block numbers from being registerable after initial registration for a period or contact support to remove the block.
-(suggestion by Tmoe and Selfish) Harsher punishments (instant permanent bans) for gold buyers and players that are driving the gold sellers, no second chances.
Will add more idea’s when i think of any.