ArenaNet Deals Massive Blow To Guild Wars 2 Bots
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."