news\ Aug 31, 2012 at 10:30 am

ArenaNet bans 3,000 Guild Wars 2 accounts for Karma weapons exploit


ArenaNet has banned "a number of players" for exploiting in the recently released MMO Guild Wars 2. ArenaNet addressed the issue on a Guild Wars 2 Reddit page.

"We take our community and the integrity of the game very seriously, and want to be clear that intentionally exploiting the game is unacceptable," ArenaNet Lead Producer Chris Whiteside wrote. "The players we banned were certainly intentionally and repeatedly exploiting a bug in the game. We intended to send a very clear message that exploiting the game in this way will not be tolerated, and we believe this message now has been well understood."

In a general Guild Wars 2 status update post, ArenaNet confirmed that there were 3,000 accounts permanently banned for "substantially" exploiting, while another 1,000 accounts received 72-hour bans who "mildly exploited".

In a follow-up post, ArenaNet has showed some forgiveness by giving members of the community who exploited the game a second chance. Those who received a permanent ban will be given the chance to convert it to a 72-hour suspension. Those involved who want to accept this offer should contact ArenaNet via the support page and submit a ticket using the subject heading "Karma Weapons Exploit Appeal".

The deal is that players who exploited must confirm that theywill delete any items/currency that they gained from the exploit. Following re-activation it will be checked to see that these players honored their commitment to delete those items and if it is not, the account will be terminated.

"This is a first and final warning. Moving forward, please make sure you that when you see an exploitable part of the game, you report it and do not attempt to benefit from it."

Guild Wars 2 officially released this week to record-breaking demand. Peak concurrency of over more than 400,000 players online at once was recorded.

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