@Roxx, this is not directed at you, because I know you have no say in the manner, but there is a difference between symptom treatment, and curing the disease. Everything I’ve seen from AGS so far has been symptom treatment. You know, the Advil you take when you have a bacterial infection. That pill doesn’t do anything to cure your disease. Okay, done with the long metaphor.
The line of reasoning is so simple. Why do bot exist? To farm gold. Why do they farm gold? To sell it to RMTers. Almost everything problematic in this game comes from bots, and they exist, through basic suppy-demand, because of RMTers. I don’t know how much of this is being done but I see so many accounts that are blatant RMTs on a daily basis. The solution is incredibly simple.
Step 1: Make a public statement that all RMTs, irrelevant of whether it’s 10$ or 10000$ will be permanently banned. No exceptions.
Step 2: Actually implement the rule. Go on AH, ban every single account that received millions in gold from tier 1 gems, useless accessories, etc. Permanently remove every scum who RMTed in this game.
The rest is called passive steps, because AGS doesn’t actually have to do anything anymore, but these are consequential events that will just happen by itself.
Step 3: Bots have no one to sell their gold to, because everyone realises that they will get banned if they RMT. Slowly but surely, bots start to die down, because the money and resources they spend on botting don’t justify the money they can’t earn from RMTers anymore.
Step 4: No more queue issues, no more AH fluctiations due to botting. No more RMTers. No more intolerable interface problems in the AH.
Problem solved. Extremely simple. Incredible fair to everyone in your legitimate player base, and actually fixes the disease.
Please pass this to the devs, because it literally fixes everything and I cannot think of a simple reason to not do this, other than Lost Ark wanting to squeeze legitimate money out of RMTers once they put their gold in the negative. Because then, RMTers will now just buy royal crystals to fix their negative gold. If that is the reason, it is simply disgraceful and I have nothing else to say.