ArenaNet bans 83 accounts for PvP manipulation in GW2
Cheating in video games sometimes takes creative forms, but it’s still cheating and the perpetrators are banned, like in Guild Wars 2.
Guild Wars 2 is not primarily a PvP game, but it does have a dedicated competitive community that strives to improve the game. One of those players was extremely upset with the abusers in the monthly automated tournaments he has. made a video showing overwhelming evidence of their abuse, asking the community to support him in his efforts to bring ArenaNet’s attention to cheaters.
The gang of criminals in the game in question would abuse the automated monthly tournaments, which are said to be the pinnacle of PvP in Guild Wars 2, and thereby sell their services by allowing less skilled players to reap the unique and valuable rewards. When we say “sold their services” we mean it literally, with real money, not in exchange for anything else in the game.
As you may know by now, real money trading (RMT) is one of the biggest thorns on the side of virtually every MMO that exists today. When the video below started circulating on GW2 community channels, it appears players listened to and followed the creator’s advice to report the group that was regularly committing infractions in structured PvP tournaments.
The result quickly followed, as ArenaNet announced that it had banned 83 accounts related to match manipulation and possibly account sharing. According to the official message, there may be more permanent bans in the future as the developers pursue additional leads related to the incident. On top of that, banned accounts will be removed from all leaderboards and ladders.
There is no mention of the hardware identification bans, but hopefully the aforementioned sanctions will be enough to deter other players from cheating in the same way or acquiring the services of these people.