I’ll start this off by saying, I have roughly 15 years worth of MMORPG/gaming experience. Everything I state in this, if from my own perspective on how I think taking actions against bots/cheating players will help the community as a whole, for the near future/future of the game.
Please understand this isn’t a bias explanation of things, come with an open mind before you comment something that doesn’t help the issue at hand.
So, I do believe Amazon Games and Smilegate are trying different tactics against the Botting issues, most of which rely on EAC (Easy Anti Cheat) And their own security measures. However I do believe they should let the community help with this as well, for the long run at least.
Community Mods/In-game Player moderators
Giving those who stand out in the community the power to speed up the process/in-game reports that matter/take priority over false reports.
Reward those who are given this possible position with in-game rewards, that are not overpowering to the community (Crystalline Aura/Player Mod title…etc.)
Giving the community a way to help fight back, instead of relying on mass reports to solve the issue. No reason in having an admin login to a server, without proof of the player in question to not actually be a bot.
Making it not profitable for business
As someone with a MBA, I understand their way of thinking when it comes down to botting
Most botters are in the game of business, because you still have ways that they can avoid the bans you place on them. Yes, I do agree with banning VPN’s to a certain point, however some players may prefer the use of VPNs for personal reasons (I don’t know personally, I never cared to use a VPN, but I know it might be a marketing bonus to retain that ability)
HWID Bans I am a firm believer in some games HWID banning botting players. I feel like its more efficient than issuing a game-ban or developer ban on steam. This makes it less profitable for botters to keep existing, because you’re cutting profits from being made. Because they will then need a spoofer to avoid the HWID ban. (Spoofers are not cheap…)
The 2FA system, I don’t recommend. It’s easy to avoid, if you know how to avoid it and it’s ugly for marketing standards of the game, for new real players.
Just simply make it less profitable for events for the future. I am a F2P player, who doesn’t want to become a spending addict on the game, like most players. So having events give out Bound materials is nice, because you’re combatting the bots, by making useless materials they can’t sell, However still rewarding those who are trying to achieve greater heights for honing.
Up for debate
I’m not trying to ruin the ideas of the future, Roxx or any other forum/community manager can remove/move this post -Up to you- However, I do see the impact it is having on the game’s overall health.
I do have a few personal opinions that I believe will help, however those shouldn’t be put on the forums for Bot owners to be able to see, I’ll assume if you’re interested in conversing on those subjects, someone from the management side will contact me. I am not looking to personally gain from anything, I’m just a helpful bystander, with some hopefully helpful advice
Anyway - Hope everyone has a great gaming experience, when they do figure out the final solution to the bot issues.