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EA going after bots in  FIFA , 'hundreds of thousands' banned
EA going after bots in FIFA, 'hundreds of thousands' banned
August 22, 2014 | By Christian Nutt




As it prepares to launch FIFA 15, EA has posted an official blog outlining its account policies for FIFA players -- and warns that it is targeting gold farmers and bot operators. These are banning offenses, the post says.

The company says it has banned "hundreds of thousands" of accounts from FIFA 14 since February last year. It also says that bots are generating four times as many transaction searches as humans in FIFA.

These problems used to be relegated to MMOs, but with the introduction of virtual currencies and robust online services such as EA's "Ultimate Team" system, mainstream sports titles are now a lucrative target.

The post recommends that players use two-factor authentication to protect their accounts; it also warns that both cheaters and those who exploit the game's virtual currency systems face bans. Even if they don't bot or farm, users who buy coins will also get in trouble with EA.

If you're wondering what the upshot of all of this botting is, read this post on how one person made over $130,000 off of Diablo III's Auction House.


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joe Astor
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Back before this practice was considered evil I used to sell rare items and gold in phantasy star online for Dreamcast. Difference was I earned that stuff and spent hundreds of hours grinding to find those items myself. The game also didn't have an economic system so there was nothing to unbalance and ruin.

That being said I hate people and companies who try to unbalance games and give players an unfair advantage over other players


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