Buying gold - will there be punishment?

So for those who don’t know, heavy whales have been banned for RMT last week.
I don’t know how much they spent exactly, but was told around 8k~10k+ dollars.

On that ban wave, people who bought small amounts of gold remained unbanned.
Which seemed odd to me, but considering it was a first time offense and the amount was small, the decision to not ban them seemed fine.

However, RMT became a bigger issue than it was last week.
Apparently it costs about $10 to buy 20k gold from botters now.

The whales are back, buying millions of gold.
Even people I know are buying anywhere from 50k to 200k gold.
Its just too cheap right now and it even seems stupid not to buy.

I know RMT is against the ToS and I refrain myself from doing so.
But seeing people not being punished is really pushing me towards the other side.
I feel left out and stupid for grinding everyday.

Some people even told me that buying less than X amount of gold is fine, so I should go ahead with it.

So I have to ask, is it really okay to just go on and RMT?
What is going to happen to those who buy gold right now?

Hello @dvsca,

Welcome to the Lost Ark forums, it’s a pleasure to have you here! :grin:

To answer your question in regards participating on gold selling, being the seller or the buyer, it goes against our Code of Conduct as you mentioned.

"3. Play fair

Do: play within the rules of the game.

Do not: exploit bugs or other unintended uses of game features.

Do not cheat, bot, hack, or use other software or services that give you an unfair advantage through, for example, unattended gameplay or game modifications.

Do not engage in real-money trading of in-game items and in-game currencies.

We reserve the right to determine what constitutes unfair play and to take corrective action we deem appropriate. "

That been said, any action that goes against our Code of Conduct will result in a corrective action. So I’ll strongly recommend you to follow the Code of Conduct and don’t participate on this activities.

Hope this answer your question! :man_mage: