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The great big "Oh dear I got banned" thread

26 August 2012 - 01:40 AM

Looks like Anet have penalised a whole bunch of accounts for various EULA violations so here's a thread to use to discuss this rather than the 4 or 5 of them that are running at the moment.  Please don't start any more!

If you're looking for information on what you might have done to warrant a ban, first of all check Anet's info page about this sort of thing:



The Rules cover such basic expectations as:
  • Don’t swear or spam or break any laws.
  • Don’t use a name or guild acronym that would offend someone.
  • Don’t harass other players.
  • Don’t link to pornography or advertise in the game.
  • Buy and sell items or services only through legitimate means authorized by Guild Wars 2 and us.
  • Report hacks and exploits and do not use them yourself.



Exploits - If you discover an exploit in the game, do not exploit it or publicize it, but instead notify us immediately at this new email address: exploits (at) arena (dot) net.
This morning there was a widely-publicized, newly-introduced exploit in which specific cultural weapons were selling for one-thousandth of their normal price. We fixed it with an emergency build this morning. We want to thank the vast majority of players who became aware of the issue, responsibly reported it, and did not exploit it. However, a smaller group of players did significantly exploit it, each purchasing hundreds or thousands of these weapons. We permanently banned 3,000 accounts of players who substantially exploited it, and applied 72-hours bans to another 1,000 accounts of players who mildly exploited it.

The rules about exploits seem pretty clear, if you exploit then you risk being banned.  Apparently some people didn't think there was anything wrong with massively exploiting something like this and Anet, being the nice guys that they are are offering a one time only amnesty for people who got permbanned:


Today we banned a number of players for exploiting Guild Wars 2. We take our community and the integrity of the game very seriously, and want to be clear that intentionally exploiting the game is unacceptable. 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.

We also believe and respect that people make mistakes. This is in fact the first example of a widespread exploit in the game. With this in mind, we are offering the members of our community who exploited the game a second chance to repair the damage that has been done.

Thus, just this once, we will offer to convert permanent bans to 72-hour suspensions. Should those involved want to accept this offer of reinstatement, contact us on our support website--support.guildwars2.com—and submit a ticket through the "Ask a Question" tab. Please use the subject heading of "Karma Weapons Exploit Appeal", then confirm in the body of your ticket that you will delete any items/currency that you gained from the exploit. You should submit only one ticket. Once you have done so, we will lower your ban to 72 hours, and following your re-activation we will check your account to make sure that you have honored your commitment. If that commitment is not honored, we will re-terminate the account.

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.
We look forward to seeing you in game,

Yours Sincerely,
Chris Whiteside- Lead Producer ArenaNet

So, if you are one of the minority of astonishingly silly people who got permbanned for exploiting this, you can contact Anet support and have your permban reduced to 72 hours as long as you erase everything you gained from the exploit and never exploit anything again.

Looking forward to see who is dumb enough to exploit the next thing and get a non-reversible permban!

ArenaNet: Guild Wars 2 Development Update

04 November 2011 - 01:03 PM



It’s been a little while since we’ve provided you with an update about the current state of Guild Wars 2, so today I thought I’d share some of the things we’ve been working on these past few months. We are heads down, hard at work on the continued development of the game, and I’m happy to report that things are progressing very nicely on all fronts. From art and sound to filling out and polishing all of the content in the game, we’re making great strides toward completing Guild Wars 2.

Read on for some details about what we’ve been up to!

Really glad to see direct control over ranger pets is in and I'm amazed by how much they've fleshed out the cross profession combos.