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Action For The Ravager's Exploit

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Action For The Ravager's Exploit
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EricMusco
01.29.2015 , 10:23 AM | #1 This is the last staff post in this thread.  
Hey folks,

As I talked about in my previous post we needed to finalize our data and ensure that we were ready to move on appropriate actions for those players who abused the Ravager’s Exploit. Since we have been a bit more open in our process regarding this particular exploit, we thought it would be best to bring it full circle and tell you specifically what we are doing to those players. As of this post, our actions against players has begun. Here are the types of actions we are taking based on the severity of their exploits:
  • Received a warning along with anywhere between 1-7 days of in-game suspension time.
    • Anyone who received an in-game suspension will also lose their forum privileges for the same period of time.
  • For our most egregious offenders, they will have received a suspension up to a permanent suspension.
Inside of those categories of player’s it is also possible they could have very specific additional actions taken against them including:
  • Removal of inappropriately obtained high-end gear and crafting materials
  • Removal of credits and commendations
We know that one of the gameplay impacts from this exploit was an influx of crafters being able to make items which they reverse engineered from ill-gotten gains. Any player who exploited (regardless of severity) and gained a crafting pattern is likely to see that pattern removed.

So all of you know what to expect, this is an example of the messaging sent to those players who are receiving an in-game suspension:

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We didn’t take these actions lightly and reviewed every account to determine where we could be lenient. From our end, this was a no win situation. We feel responsible for allowing the exploit to occur and remain in the game for an unreasonable length of time, but we also cannot and will not condone cheating. Thankfully, a large majority of our players didn’t exploit at all, but unfortunately, some of those who did have been with us for a long time, even all the way back to launch. It breaks our hearts to see a few of those loyal players partake in the exploit. Still, it would be unfair to not punish those players, and so we had to take action.

We have all learned some valuable lessons this past month or so, and we’re hopeful to catch these types of situations long before they get released or very quickly thereafter. Please continue to do what you can to notify us quickly should we create another situation where someone can benefit by exploiting a bug in the game.

We appreciate your understanding of our position and hope you’ll continue to enjoy your time with us. We have a lot of great additions coming to SWTOR this year and we look forward to sharing them with you.

-eric
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Max_Killjoy
01.29.2015 , 10:26 AM | #2
Way to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Now that that's over, how about you stop wasting resources on this nonsense and direct them at identifying and fixing bugs in the game.

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hadoken
01.29.2015 , 10:26 AM | #3
Well I'm impressed you're sharing this much at least. Will have to see how it all really plays out.

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ZETA_SCORPII
01.29.2015 , 10:26 AM | #4
Ouch. Well, at least we can all put this behind us.

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azudelphi
01.29.2015 , 10:29 AM | #5
This is pretty much what I would have expected.

I also appreciate that you guys are owning up to your mistake that it went on for so long; but I agree completely that an exploit persisting is not justification for using said exploit.
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MorgenBlue
01.29.2015 , 10:32 AM | #6
I'm glad to see Bioware take these actions even if it did take longer than it should have.

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Eqor
01.29.2015 , 10:32 AM | #7
Very good with communicating with the community, Musco! Great work!

Now all that's left is to see how far the ban hammer went...

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xFREYx
01.29.2015 , 10:32 AM | #8
yay, about time!
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DarkNecroCrusher
01.29.2015 , 10:33 AM | #9
I think permanent suspension is quite abusive, but 1-7 days for severe exploiters is a good thing.

It should have been 15-30 days for extremely severe exploiters rather than permanent suspension.
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oofalong
01.29.2015 , 10:33 AM | #10
Eric et al - thank you for sharing this.
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