Recently, more and more of my friends get banned. As far as I know, the main reason they get banned is RMT. Therefore, fewer of my friends could log in to the game.
I don’t use RMT, and I deeply know RMT has terrible effects on an MMO, and lots of MMOs get dead (e.g. bns) because of it. Instead, I only purchase upgrade services in an official way, like membership, skin, honing mats, etc.
However, when I found that I’m the only one who could log in and play the game in my guild, a question come to my mind. Is this a good way to punish the RMT players?
Definitely, they are cheating. They upgrade their characters in an unexpected way. At the same time, however, they spend lots of time in this game. My friends, each of them, play lots of alts to gather enough honing mats, clear all daily tasks, and are part of the first group of players who challenge the new dungeons. And, they also purchase the membership and skin if they really like it. In this aspect, they are the players of the game.
However, the RMT studios, which create the bots don’t play this game. They use scripts to manipulate a bunch of bots and let them earn gold. They don’t purchase membership, skin, and honing mats. What they pay is utilities for all the machines behind these bots. And, lots of time, they directly ruin the game, like login queuing and afk in a dungeon. In my perspective, they are not the players of the game.
So, I think it is the RMT studios and their bots that should get banned, not the RMT players. On the other hand, the fewer RMT studios in the game, the less RMT happens.
That’s all my words. Lost ark is a good game, and it is fun to play. I hope you could take it into account and make a better policy on RMT behavior.