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Believe it or not, there is a more seedy side to Final Fantasy XIV that casual players and outsiders may not be aware of. It’s real money trading. Basically, some people offer certain services, items, Gil (the in-game currency) and even entire characters in exchange for actual money.
Unsurprisingly, Square Enix doesn’t like it when players do this and has made efforts to crack down on such activity for years. In a latest blog postit gave an update on exactly what it’s doing to combat real money trading (or RMT as it calls it) and how players can help.
Each week, Square Enix shares how many accounts it has had to ban. No doubt some of them were found guilty of illegal trading, but the company admits it has found some level of RMT activity every week. So it’s increasing staffing, upgrading tools and adding new procedures to crack down on guilty players. Although it doesn’t specifically explain what these new procedures are, probably so traders can’t immediately come up with their own countermeasures.
The company also asks that if you observe any RMT activity yourself, please inform Square Enix ASAP using the Report Cheat feature in the game. All ads for RMT shared in chat can be reported by simply selecting the character’s name in the chat log, opening the sub-command menu and selecting Report RMT Activity. These reports are processed automatically and if Square Enix determines that the reported player is actually promoting RMT activity, they will be restricted from sending messages.
The blog post takes some time to explain exactly why RMT is not allowed to begin with. Since the act itself disrupts the balance of the game, it violates Final Fantasy XIV’s User Agreement. “These vendors do not care about complying with the user agreement and will often hinder the gameplay of normal players to benefit themselves,” writes Square Enix. It also warns that such vendors tend to engage in criminal activity, such as using stolen credit card information, so any potential reward for using their services is not worth the risk.
“We strongly encourage players to refrain from engaging with these groups as there would be no reason for RMT providers to exist if players do not use their services.”
Meanwhile, players can still earn rewards legitimately through the game’s All Saints’ Wake event. However, it is not available much longer and is scheduled to end in a week’s time on November 1st.