The lights are on
In a new blog, Guild Wars 2 security coordinator Mike Lewis announced the company booted more than 34,000 bots from the game in November alone.
“We've gathered massive amounts of information about the habits of both normal players and automated bot players," writes Lewis. "We contracted a team of data specialists to help us build comprehensive tools that comb through this data and find effective ways to single out and terminate bot accounts. Automating this process has been a major focus of the ArenaNet security team, and we're now seeing the considerable fruits of this labor.”
Thanks to the bot-slaying tools, Lewis says the number of bots being reported worldwide has dropped from 2,000 per hour in October to just 20. The post also outlines other steps the Guild Wars 2 team is taking.
"Another way we identify and combat bots is through manual observation," said Lewis. "Our GM staff is equipped to monitor the game around the clock and detect bots from within the game itself. We have a considerable task force assigned to patrolling the world and eliminating bots, as well as helping us continue to improve and refine our automatic detection tools."
Source: ArenaNet Via Polygon
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that is about how many i reported.
TAKE THAT EVIL BOTS!
Hahah nice. What. A. Blow.
Love Arenanet they do good job keeping gw2 running I have run into a mob of bots and they all kinda disappeared I guess they got terminated or something.
I like how they take action against bots. Unlike some companies....
Good to see they are cracking down on bots. On a related note to the game does anyone know if Areanet sells physical key generators to protect your account?
Well good for them.
More MMO companies should be this tough on bots. They destroy the balance of the economy.
Honestly, gw2 was alright. Some cool mechanics but all around the same game as any other MMO out there. It gets repetitive quickly, and the end game content is almost non-existent and ultra repetitive. Has no replay value for me. Sold my account for $140 after I got 100% map completion. I may go back and play gw1 though. Now THAT, was an MMO.
2000 per hour. cool. wahaha.