EVE players have taken to their forums to demand greater transparency after CCP banned an unnamed player for allegedly using bots to manipulate the marketplace.
The player, whose actual name has not been revealed but is referred to as ‘John’ in the discussion, was accused of using bots by CCP and temporarily banned. John escalated the ban process but was denied at all levels, and upon his ban expiring he then proceeded to donate 317 billion ISK to EVE University and quit the game. CCP then confiscated that ISK after EVE University asked them to make sure it was okay to receive the donation.
The incident has sparked calls by EVE University CEO Kelduum Revaan for greater oversight into the evidence that CCP uses to determine if a player is botting, something he strenuously denies John was ever a part of. Instead, Revaan claims that John used a variety of custom tools including custom in-game browser pages that enabled him to “update around 30 orders a minute for 10-20 minutes at a time”.
For their part, CCP have strongly and repeatedly refused claims to provide server logs and other data they use to make banning decisions, and insisted that the appeal process has gone all the way up to their CEO — from which there is no higher authority.
“John was botting. That is not even close to in dispute,” writes CCP Sreegs. “We committed an error in not removing the ISK before it got to EVE-U. However we did rectify this problem and our logs show that it was discussed and approved prior to either them receiving the isk or petitioning. We apologized to EVE-U however the petition was escalated as high as it could be and the decision remained. We cannot typically share this information with them as it’s really none of their business.”
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