Accounts offering RMT services are often advertised in-game using Final Fantasy XIV’s Party Finder tool, directing players to third-party sites where they can pay real money to receive in-game currency. To combat advertising, Square Enix bans not only advertisements for RMT services, but advertisements for duties or other in-game services altogether. However, this is not against the rules – asking for help and offering rewards, which is a little confusing for the whole situation.
Square Enix will also ban Party Finder ads that are listed in the wrong category. Players can still use this tool to recruit into community groups, free companies, or player-run events, but lists must be categorized as Other.
“We apologize for the relatively restrictive nature of these changes compared to how Party Finder has been used so far, and appreciate your understanding,” says a post on the official Final Fantasy XIV website.
These changes are accompanied by an update to the hidden penalty points system that Square Enix has used internally to punish accounts that violate the rules of the game. Square Enix is making more information about the system publicly available to help players understand how it works, and is also detailing a new way in which points awarded can be reduced if a significant amount of time has elapsed since the account was fined. Previously, the penalty points never expired, which Square Enix said led to more violations of violators’ accounts.
“We felt that setting fallback periods for penalty points would give users a clear goal of correcting their behavior, and decided to implement this system to better foster reflection and conscious deterrence from repeating past violations,” writes Square Enix.
Penalty points earned for less serious offenses will begin to decline after at least one year, while points earned for more serious offenses may begin to decline after at least three years.
Bots and hacked accounts offering RMT services have long been a problem in many MMOs, including Blizzard’s Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft. The upcoming WoW 9.1.5 patch will bring changes that will require a Blizzard Authenticator to be attached to accounts in order to publish custom lists in the in-game group finder, which Blizzard hopes will significantly reduce in-game ads for RMT services. …
The popularity of Final Fantasy XIV has risen sharply in recent months, breaking the record of simultaneous players. Following the expansion of the game, Endwalker, will be released on November 23.