BioWare has confirmed banning a number of player accounts for having exploited various bugs in the game’s core programming in order to gain unfair or unintended advantages for their characters.
They have also clarified (reiterated) that credit farming will not be tolerated.
It seems that players have been receiving account bans in lengths ranging from temporary suspension to GTFO for using these exploits. It also seems, after reading through some posts, tweets and forums that the players who were banned most likely knew it was coming, due to warnings which were sent out.
Amidst scuttlebutt in the swtor forums, BioWare stepped in to explain the situation and offered the following:
First, action was taken against a number of accounts for what’s commonly known as ‘gold farming’ – or in our case, credit farming. These accounts were found to be exploiting the game in a variety of ways to maximize their credits in order to sell them to other players. Our Terms of Service team took action against these accounts and removed them permanently from the game.
Second, a smaller number of accounts were warned or temporarily suspended for exploiting loot containers on Ilum. To be completely clear, while players may choose to travel to Ilum earlier than the recommended level (40+) and may loot containers if they can get to them, in the cases of those customers that were warned or temporarily suspended, they were systematically and repeatedly looting containers in very high numbers resulting in the game economy becoming unbalanced.
Of course a statement like this will always lead to page after page of bawww so community bigwig Stephen Reid made some clarification by saying the issue was one of players using an exploit to cause the containers in question to immediately respawn, time and time again, allowing them access to nearly unlimited money and already causing the game’s economy to shift a little.
BW has been clear that credit farming / selling will not be tolerated.
On another front, BW issued a number of bans to players who were using an exploit in the emote system to allow them an unfair advantage when fighting against “mobs” (non-player enemies) in the game. The exploit would cause the mobs to virtually cease attacks against the player while the player’s group could attack it while it was in a sort of electronic stupor. This would, of course, lead to an unfair advantage in XP and money gain.
Other sources in the SWTOR and other forums indicate that BioWare may be banning people for using foul language in private messages to their friends but this is, in my opinion, highly unlikely and is simply a hysterical rumor intended to incite the players to anger. At this point, BioWare has made no official statement I am aware of.
So there you have it. Cheat and you can expect a visit from the account fairy who will happily take your login and leave a turd under your pillow.
L2P or GTFO, folks.