Gaile Gray, ArenaNet employee extraordinaire, stole a soapbox to stand on at the Guild Wars Wiki in order to explain why they ban 1000 (!) Guild Wars accounts per week for real money transactions (RMT).
Say the RMTer talks to 10 or 20 people in a day, and waves 100K gold or XX Ectos or a rare miniature in front of them. Some of those people “take the bait,” and then the RMTer tells the player some song and dance about how, to prevent them getting caught for the transaction, the company will “place the gold directly on the player’s account.” Most people reading this will say, “Yeah, sure they will!” and laugh, but surprisingly enough, some players believe it, and they turn over their account credentials.
While I personally believe that most MMO blog readers (especially the highly intelligent Kill Ten Rats readers) “wouldn’t fall for that trick,” it is amazing that this problem is so widespread. Gaile has a great point that I usually forget to take in to consideration when thinking about the gold farming business: the phisher is doing this all day long. Statistically, they will find that one born every minute. Anyway, in the hopes of helping a little public service announcement I thought I might pass that on.
In other news, it seems the that the ArenaNet Community Team had a two week break for the holidays. Could this be because they won’t be getting another long break for awhile due to upcoming projects? Hopefully that flood wall breaks soon enough.
…and his Desert Eagle .50