Over a million Lost Ark accounts banned for using various bots
Lost Ark has been a big hit since its release on European and US servers. While that means there have been long queues for those who want to play, it looks like the creators have found their own solution to the problem.
Which came in the form of banning accounts. Not out of malice, nor out of material misunderstanding. But for the use of the bot.
Robots are something quite common (sad to say) when it comes to multiplayer online games (MMOs). Granted, there was a bot issue with Amazon’s New World, for example. And Lost Ark players have been complaining on the forums about how the game seems to be saturated with bots. So Smilegate RPG, the creators of Lost Ark, looked into the matter.
And this week, Smilegate announced that it has banned more than a million accounts deemed illegitimate. While it’s possible that some were accidentally banned from the crossfire, Smilegate had said that if the attack had happened, they should reach out and ask so they can get their account reinstated.
Our team has been hard at work creating tools and methods to identify and remove bots from the game. Today (3/4) we will remove over 1 million illegitimate accounts that have been determined to be bots.
Full details below!https://t.co/SQktz7IM56
– Lost Ark (@playlostark) March 4, 2022
“After launch, botting has been an increasing issue for Lost Ark,said Smilegate on a forum post.Our team has worked hard to create effective tools and methods to identify and remove bots from the game. As a result of this work, today (3/4) we will permanently remove over one million illegitimate accounts from the game that have been determined to be running bots.”
And judging from the sounds, there has already been an effect. According to a player on TwitterEuropean server queue dropped from over 8000 to 950.
“Maintaining a fair and fun gaming experience for our players is a top priority for the team,“Smilegate said in a published statement. “While we intend to make a massive impact with this wave of bans, we know there is still work to be done and we want players to know that this is just one step in what will be an active and continuous process. Going forward, we will continue our work to detect and remove bots, cheats and harmful behavior from Lost Ark on a large scale, which includes expanding our anti-cheat tools, improving methods of identifying bots and deploying more ban waves as often as necessary..”