Square Enix Enacts Mass Bans On FFXI
Taking advantage of a game's bugs to get ahead can feel so right to many of us players but according to Square Enix, it's still cheating. The company has recently banned a large amount of players from their MMORPG, Final Fantasy XI, for abusing a bug which, in Square's words, "allowed players to create multiple items for certain treasures and rewards in areas such as Salvage and Assault by exploiting the game system." This wasn't nearly news to the players, though as nearly a thousand of them were already taking advantage of it.
Square conducted an investigation by exploring a year's worth of logs on various servers. "As a result of the investigation, approximately 400 players were temporarily suspended based on evidence gathered," the company reported. They went on to say that there were 550 players "who committed more serious misconduct" who were permanently banned. Many of these players were reportedly long-time players, as well.
The massive numbers of bans and suspensions hints that word had been going around about this bug long before Square had even figured it out. I really don't know how this one slipped through their fingers. Way to be on the ball, guys.
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