Showing its continued resolve against those who are not following the rules, ArenaNet has permanently banned around 3,000 accounts for using an exploit in its recently released online role-playing game, Guild Wars 2. The exploit in question involves an in-game vendor that "incorrectly" sells items at incredibly low prices.
"We take our community and the integrity of the game very seriously, and want to be clear that intentionally exploiting the game is unacceptable," lead producer Chris Whiteside told the Reddit community. "The players we banned were certainly intentionally and repeatedly exploiting a bug in the game."
"We intended to send a very clear message that exploiting the game in this way will not be tolerated, and we believe this message now has been well understood."
On the plus side, ArenaNet is offering a compromise for naughty players who took advantage of the exploit: if they agree to delete all the items they received and lose the money they made off them then they will turn that permanent ban into a less strict 72-hour ban...