Another group of Final Fantasy 14 players were banned from using real money in exchange for goods and services in the MMORPG game, and a smaller group was also fined for trying.
A news post announced that just over 5,000 players had terminated their accounts in open world play, which is the period between February 25th and March 3rd of this year. This was due to a violation of the rules of “real money trading and other illegal activities” that undermine the in-game economy and unbalance it.
Another 814 were terminated for attempting to participate in, advertise, or otherwise attempt to engage in any of the above activities to create a deal that included real currency rather than the gil used throughout the Final Fantasy series becomes. Such waves of prohibitions for criminals are unfortunately regular. As early as 2019, over 9,500 accounts for real money transactions were removed. In this case, a number of players were also kicked for using bots. While the RMT crimes continue, Square Enix appears to have at least slowed the ground.
The post has information on how to report someone trying to exchange real money for something. You use the command line System Menu> Support Desk> Contact Us> Report Fraud. and players are asked to report and then ignore anything they discover.
The next final Fantasy 14 expansion, Endwalker, was recently revealed. It’s coming sometime in the fall, and we spoke to director Naoki Yoshida about why ending the decade-long A Realm Reborn story is a necessary step.