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    Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 16:45
Hi everyone,

It's come to our attention via a player petition that there's some Real Money Trading (RMT) going on in Illyriad.  We've investigated it and - in association with our partner PayPal - have confirmed that it's true.

RMT is where players sell goods or services in game in exchange for Real Money, paid directly to them via PayPal, Steam, eBay etc.  RMT is specifically banned in our Terms of Service (2.2 "You must not sell, rent or sub-licence material from our website" and 2.4 "You must not reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on our website for a commercial purpose;"), and is - as everyone knows - also prohibited by pretty much every MMO out there, so there is no possible "innocent" explanation here.  

It's always been a sign of a game "coming of age" when there is both a demand and a supply of RMT; so it's peculiarly flattering, in a way, that this niche browser-based RTS has attracted RMT sellers.

The reason RMT is banned in pretty much every MMO out there is simply because we, the providers of your entertainment environment, need to be fed and watered, keep servers running, bandwidth flowing etc - and RMT not only undermines our income, but also allows players to unfairly profit from our enterprise, our work and our intellectual property, developed over many, many years.  It's taken our time and development to make Illy and RMT undermines our ability to keep it going.

We've uncovered and permabanned the obvious main culprits, but are digging deeper, and may be permabanning others in due course; it appears that different front end accounts were used to negotiate sales versus actual gold transfers.  Not only was gold up for sale, but accounts as well, and we'll be delving into these over the next few hours and days.

Recipients of RMT accounts will have those accounts removed from the game.  We've decided not to permaban the recipients of RMT gold, but we're 100% aware of who you are, and we want you to know that we're now actively monitoring your accounts for misbehavior of this type in the future.  Cue petitions from RMT recipient players saying 'omg, I had no idea this was illegal, but I was absolutely fine taking the ingame mails and private convo price negotiations off to slack'.  Thin ice, you people; very thin ice. 

Selling anything in Illyriad for your own real money gain is strictly prohibited.  Please be warned that we have no tolerance for this, at all, ever - and from now onwards will also be permabanning the recipients of any RMT transactions whether for gold, or accounts, or something else.

Regards,

SC

EDIT: Typos, addition of 2.4 from the Terms & Conditions


Edited by GM Stormcrow - 26 Mar 2018 at 17:27
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Did you get the guy who was selling his accounts? Or just his messenger?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Small Boy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 18:05
It might be interesting to know who exactly were banned/warned.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tensmoor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 18:41
That won't be forthcoming Small Boy - the devs never discuss things like that with anyone but those directly concerned.
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Do banned accounts just disappear like abandoned accounts?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Tensmoor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 20:39
Any accounts deleted should be evident from the differences in the player and town datafiles tomorrow.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote GM Stormcrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Mar 2018 at 23:58
And another bites the dust...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote The Reaper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2018 at 00:34
Well, at the end of the day, it's beneficial to the game for this not to be happening. Dilly Dilly.
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will any of these towns from the cheaters be up for grabs?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote digiosox Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Mar 2018 at 00:42
Depends on how the devs implement. If an Abandon then they will still be around. If a Delete then the towns vanish.
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