Bots are annoying, but almost impossible to prevent in most MMOs, no matter how hard the developers try. Here and there one slips through the safety nets of the developers and can farm in peace. But what is currently happening in Lost Ark is in a completely different league. The MMO is almost flooded with bots. Bots that farm gold to then sell it for real money to players with less time.
The problem is so big that players keep queuing because the slots on the server are occupied by legions of bots. The anger about this is great and results, among other things, in the fact that the Steam ratings are gradually falling. Now you might think Amazon is cracking down on the bots and pulling out all the stops to get them out of the game. Well, maybe that’s how it is. The results of the fight against the bots are very manageable.
Amazon threatens everything and everyone
In the past, Amazon has regularly banned massive amounts of bot accounts. However, they don’t seem to be able to get the problem under control. And so they have been threatening not only the bots with a ban for a long time, but also the buyers of gold. However, these bans are usually limited to three days, which is a weak deterrent.
Even the IP bans are no longer particularly effective these days, as they can be disguised quite easily via VPN. There is simply a lack of functioning systems that can quickly and effectively track down bots and remove them from the game immediately.
Don’t be afraid of Amazon
The fact that the botters are not afraid of Amazon is shown by their self-confident demeanor. Some show completely unashamedly how and with what means they operate their bots and why they are not tracked down. Others, on the other hand, are less willing to provide information, preferring to let the pictures speak for them. Like this user who shows how he has over 100 bots running.
The post has since been removed, but the video itself is still viewable. The reactions to it show how resigned even the players have been. From “Funny how he just shows it like that because he knows Amazon won’t do anything about it” to “And I’ve only been able to play once in the last two weeks because I’m always in line” to “I’m sure it’s just ne epic lan party!”
What can Amazon do against the flood of bots – apart from revising the entire game mechanics in such a way that gold would no longer have any value. And what do you think of the argument that keeps coming up that the players themselves are to blame because someone buys the gold they farm and makes it profitable for the bots? Tell us your opinion in the comments.