There’s been a lot of buzz in the FFXIV community about the recent bans handed down to players with ‘a lot of gil’. Allegedly players with 8 million or more gil have been temporary (72 hour) banned while their resources are investigated. The reason being given is that the players violated the user agreement. As of this moment, none of the players reporting their bans have any idea about whether or not their gil is gone or if they’ll be unbanned.
This is a tough one. On one hand I can appreciate the company taking action to protect the sanctity of the game. On the other hand, I feel awful for the honest and resourceful players who worked hard/smart to earn their cash. Tonight alone I had to blacklist 10 spammers, and the bots farming fleece and diremite webs are still there — but the guy who played the market is trying to prove the only thing he did was succeed.
To complicate matters further, many of the banned players think they were banned because they sold their goods to players who obtained their gil illegally — essentially receiving dirty money through legitimate trade. Ban the player who bought the cash and the person who sold it, but leave the crafter out of it. Square is doing it backward.
Now I don’t feel so bad about being dirt poor in the 99 percent.