I’ve been occasionally keeping an eye on gold prices on gold sellers’ websites, just out of curiosity to keep myself educated.
Exactly one month ago a well known website that keeps advertising itself in all guardian raid and abyssal dungeon lobbies (obviously impossible to ban) was selling 10,000 gold for around £21.50. I don’t remember what was the blue crystal rate in the game on EUC but I believe it was somewhere around 350 gold for 95 crystals (why not 100?).
For a couple weeks the price wasn’t fluctuating much, it stayed around the same £21-22. Today the same website is selling 10,000 gold for only £14! That’s ~33% less than it used to be. I don’t recall it being this low during all the time I’ve watched them. As expected 95 blue crystals now cost a whopping 620 gold on EUC!
Obviously these two numbers are in a direct correlation to each another. If you see blue crystals becoming more expensive in-game you can be certain that there is far more gold being generated by bots, which means that gold on their websites is much cheaper, which in turn means more people are probably buying it. Those who RMT then inject said gold back into the system making the existing gold worth even less and the cycle continues.
Also, the amount of gold that you earn through the weekly activities (abyss dungeons, Argos, Una’s tasks) is now worth much less because you’re still getting the same amount as you got last week or last month yet your purchasing power is that much lower.
Amazon and/or Smilegate definitely need to do something about the botting issue because if this continues it’ll ruin the whole economy again. As it stands there is zero reason to exchange gold for blue crystals unless you want to lose gold, which hurts a lot of people that either use Mari’s shop or unlock card or character slots for their characters.
What’s with all the silence from both of these companies whenever the botting issue gets raised? Have they given up already?
Like I said just curious. I keep seeing those bots advertising in lobbies so I thought I’d have a look at how much it actually costs. Had no idea if it’s $1 for 10k, $10, or $50. With all the talk about people RMT’ing I was interested in how much some of them spend seeing those 20k-100k accessories in the auction house.
I love how Amazon claims they take the problem seriously and are totally trying really hard and stuff and yet they just ignore all these transactions they have logs of. Been going on for months with no one even warned.