CCP has decided not to name and shame, but I do not share their compunctions. Sreegs (AKA Darius JOHNSON of Goonie fame) has been very active in responding to the community on the recent bot purge after posting this dev blog. The “community” and the forum in question that caught wind of the purge was kugu. If you want to follow those events, here is the thread (there is also a corresponding FHC thread by the same poster here). It seems h-bot has finally met its doom.
Or has it? Pilots who were white knighting by actively hunting botters made comments like this:
(7:51:59 PM) sendo: the system i’d been killing bots in has 0 npc kills in last 24 hours now
(7:52:07 PM) sendo: opposed to like 13k previously
From the sound of things, they hit some Questor bots as well like this guy:
7 of my 84 bots got banned for 15 days + got ban on 2 non bot char who anyway where moving stuff around for the bots (such as freighter chars)
Removing some is better than giving them free reign, I guess. Though, those 84 accounts equate to a faucet of up to 87 billion isk per day (assuming they are all missioning 24/7 – reality probably pushes that towards half that). This, my dear readers, was posted by the well known botter, Horus (we posted an interview with him here). A player who gained fame recently under the character A Puppetmaster for his part in the destruction of first Imperial Order (sniffle, I lost ships in that emergency evac… jerk), then the greater feat of White Noise, and recently rumored to have been working on NCdot. Now, if you haven’t thought this through yet, you might be wondering why people keep letting them into alliances, despite their record of killing alliances. They funnel enormous amounts of isk into alliances to keep quiet and let them bot.
Horus seems to have only lost 7 bot accounts. More than that, he showed up in the kugu thread to say he was only hit with 2 week bans, so nothing permanent. The next day (today), this showed up in the Italian news. Basically, a GM banned a 25 year old Italian Eve player, who had threatened to kill himself if a ban for cheating was made permanent. The rumor was that this too was Horus, AKA A Puppetmaster. He later denied it was him, claiming he lives in Bolognia, roughly 400km away from the person in that news article. However, it came to light that his corp CEO, Obi Skywalker, does in fact live in Livorno Italy. So, Obi may have actually been handed a few permas. Karma.
Currently, no assets have been removed from the game (according to the dev blog thread). So, unlike the last purge where a few titans reportedly disappeared, nothing drastic seems to have happened. If everyone is to be believed (trust people’s words in my internet spaceships?), there are a few major botting networks that have been dented, but are still very much operational. I do hope that Sreegs continues to push against what I see as rampant botting in Eve. It is bad for the game. I conversely hope that CCP really starts taking to heart how dumbed down and absolutely boring most of the PVE in the game is and does something about it, that might actually reduce the ease of running bots at the same time. All this said, I don’t think there is a risk that we will log in tomorrow and find any alliances gutted. In fact, I don’t think this kind of risk is even in the foreseeable future.
Good work to Sreegs and the team. Screw you Puppetmaster (with all the love I can muster having lost almost 800m isk worth of stuff I could not evac) and your “team.”
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