The Lost Ark ban wave is wiping out over 1 million bots, and more are to come

After an influx of bot and spam accounts taking over Lost Ark, Smilegate RPG has banned over 1 million illegitimate accounts – and they have even more tricks up their sleeves.

In mid-February, Lost Ark finally got its long-awaited release for gamers in the West – and it wasn’t long before Smilegate RPG’s MMO started breaking all sorts of records.

Despite some issues with server queues, the game quickly took over Twitch viewership and even had a record 1.1 million concurrent players within the first few days. However, many of these were bot accounts.

Players have already complained about how these spam and bot accounts have been filling the game’s chat with advertisements for gold and other items. However, the developers have decided to make changes.

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Lost Ark has already broken all kinds of records.

In early March, Smilegate announced they were going after around 1 million accounts flagged as either spam or a bot to clean things up.

A week later, on March 11th, they confirmed that they had now taken down the ban hammer and hit those accounts hard. “Last Friday we started rolling out bot bans targeting over a million rogue accounts. We know this won’t fix the situation on its own and there are still bots in the game, so we want to reassure that this was just a step in an ongoing fight,” they said in an official to blog Post Office.

The developers also confirmed that these blocking waves would also become more common, especially as they develop “methods and tools” to stay ahead of the headache. “These updates will be on their way to the game soon,” they added.

Screenshot of Lost Ark's blog post about banning bot accounts

Smilegate’s full explanation on how to ban bot accounts in Lost Ark.

Of course, not everyone caught up in this wave of bans ran a spam account, and there are steps that can be taken to appeal a ban if you feel it’s unfair.

However, as the hack-and-slash MMO evolves, developers will most likely be able to easily identify who is a spammer and who is playing legitimately. The Lost Ark ban wave is wiping out over 1 million bots, and more are to come

Emma Bowman

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