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Ravager Exploit Sanctions Explained

Posted by Suzie Ford on Feb 02, 2015  | Comments

Ravager Exploit Sanctions Explained - Star Wars: The Old Republic - MMORPG.com

As part of the transparency between players and developers, the BioWare team has revealed the process and reasoning behind recent bans of Star Wars: The Old Republic players for participating in the so-called "Ravager Exploit". The exploit was discovered late last year and allowed players to skip the final boss of The Ravagers and gain access to high-end loot and rare crafting materials.

Those players who chose to take advantage of the exploit have received in-game / forum bans from one to seven days, with the most flagrant players possibly being permanently banned. In addition, players face the potential removal of high end gear or crafting materials as well as any credits or commendations earned via the exploit.

The BioWare team has published the letter that these players received that reveals the action(s) taken against them as well as reminding them of the specific Terms of Service and Rules of Conduct items that were violated.

We didn’t take these actions lightly and reviewed every account to determine where we could be lenient. From our end, this was a no win situation. We feel responsible for allowing the exploit to occur and remain in the game for an unreasonable length of time, but we also cannot and will not condone cheating. Thankfully, a large majority of our players didn’t exploit at all, but unfortunately, some of those who did have been with us for a long time, even all the way back to launch. It breaks our hearts to see a few of those loyal players partake in the exploit. Still, it would be unfair to not punish those players, and so we had to take action.

BioWare acknowledges that developers have learned valuable lessons through the experience and hope to be able to track down issues such as the Ravager Exploit long before they hit live service. Further, they ask players and fans to continue to make reports to assist the team whenever possible to more quickly shut down any further instances.

Check the full post out on the Star Wars: The Old Republic site.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom