Final Fantasy 14 bans almost 6000 players for real money trading

Nearly 6,000 Final Fantasy 14 accounts have been terminated by Square Enix as they look to clamp down on real money trading in-game.

The publisher announced in a recent news post that they were forced to take action, banning 5000 accounts for RMT (real money trading) while banning a further 814 for advertising RMT services.

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For those Final Fantasy 14 players who may be blissfully unaware, it’s not uncommon to see accounts dotted around Eorzea’s social hubs offering to trade items, currency, and other in-game services for real money. These transactions take place outside the game and can often lead to be players being scammed. Not only that, real money trading violates the game’s terms of service, Square Enix warning that it will investigate reported cases and hand out additional bans.

Square recently unveiled their fourth expansion for Final Fantasy 14, titled “Endwalker”. Here’s a quick look at the new content and features being added:

The expansion will take players back to Source after the adventures in the First, and there’s a brand new threat to the world building that will keep you occupied. For long-term players, the expansion promises the conclusion to the Hydaelyn and Zodiark story arc.

  • Journey to Thavnair, the imperial capital of Garlemald, and even the Moon!
  • New Jobs: Sage and more
  • Level Cap Increase from 80 to 90
  • Expansive new areas, including Garlemald, Thavnair, and the city of Radz-at-Han.
  • A New Tribe: the Arkasodara
  • New threats, including Anima.
  • New Dungeons
  • Secrets Revealed in a New Alliance Raid Series
  • New Small-scale PvP Mode
  • An Additional “Trust” ally: Estinien Wyrmblood
  • A New Residential District: Ishgard
  • Updates to the Gold Saucer
  • Relaxing Fun in Island Sanctuary
  • New Gear and Crafting Recipes
  • Expanded Horizons via the Data Center Travel System

That’s not all. A PS5 version of the popular Final Fantasy MMO is also in works with a beta set to commence on April 13th, 2021. This will be free to all current PS4 subscribers, offering a visually enhanced experience with a higher framerate and quicker loading times.

Source: Final Fantasy XIV (via PCGamesN)

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