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3000 banned from Guild Wars 2 due to exploit

This weekend, Chris Whiteside, Lead Producer at ArenaNet for Guild Wars 2, hit up Reddit to declare that at least 3000 players had been temporarily banned from the game because they took advantage of an exploit.

Dubbed the “karma weapons exploit,” gamers could interact with a merchant who was selling very valuable gear at very low (and incorrect) prices. Many players took advantage of this by purchasing many items at a low cost, and then selling them elsewhere for massive profits. Whitesaid said that this caused a disruption of the game’s economy.

“We take our community and the integrity of the game very seriously, and want to be clear that intentionally exploiting the game is unacceptable”, Whiteside said. “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.”

Whilst those banned were only done so for 72 hours, it’s a good reminder not to take advantage of a “feature” that seems to good to be true.

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