It is dark times in Final Fantasy XI. Square Enix has decided to take their terms of service agreement to heart and will be thinning the flock. A little over a year ago an exploit was discovered that allowed users to create certain items and rewards in various areas. A tempting choice, considering how easy it is to make money off in-game items in the auction house.
What happens next? Well, the developers have patched the hole... and are now reviewing logs to see who all took advantage of the system. The result is that Approximately 950 users will be either suspended or banned while evidence is gathered.
In November 2008, we discovered an issue that allowed players to create multiple items for certain treasures and rewards in areas such as Salvage and Assault by exploiting the game system.
The issue was fixed during emergency maintenance on November 26, 2008. However, we discovered that some players had already exploited the issue and used it to gain additional items before it was addressed. We then investigated more than a year's worth of logs throughout all areas.
As a result of the investigation, approximately 400 players were temporarily suspended based on the evidence gathered. Approximately 550 players who committed more serious misconduct had their accounts banned.
We are working hard to ensure that these kinds of issues do not occur again in FINAL FANTASY XI. However, if you discover any problems with the game system, please submit a GM call or fill out the feedback e-mail form to report the problems to us, instead of exploiting or spreading the issue.
We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
Remember kids: Winners don't use exploits.
LM-17 [Bluegartris Forum]