After Kakao Games licensed the ArcheAge Franchised back in December, they relaunched the new servers including some new Fresh Start servers. After the Fresh Start servers started opening after some delays, an incident occurred that led to an exploit that many were able to exploit, either accidentally or intentionally, colloquially known as “Panty Gate”. The Kakao Games team has had a decisive hand in imposing bans and many bans, as well as removing 229 billion gold from the economy, but now they have reversed many of those bans with some new thinking.
The team investigated the process and then conducted a review, but have since pondered the findings.
“While recognizing that this was an unintended use of mechanics and the steps in the process were obviously exploitative, we reviewed the stance we took during this incident to determine if our actions were correct and best interests of the ArcheAge community.”
Her determination is that a permanent ban might be too harsh this time. They acted quickly in the name of preserving the economy and making the transition smoother, although that was one of the reasons new Fresh Start servers and later Fresh Start content were delayed for a while.
After several months have passed and the economy has generally recovered with a series of lockdowns, gold removals and other compensatory measures, they have decided to lift most of the permanent lockdowns that have been imposed. Players whose accounts have been banned during this time will be lifted, except for accounts found to have been created for cheating and cheating.
Affected players should be able to log in and find that their accounts are now working again, but since a Terms of Service violation has still been committed, there is no compensation if someone loses game time or subscription time.
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https://www.mmorpg.com/news/archeage-reverses-some-previous-bans-that-followed-an-exploit-this-year-2000125018 ArcheAge is reversing some previous bans that followed an exploit earlier this year