It was recently brought to our attention people have been banned for strange reasons in Bioware’s Star Wars: the Old Republic.
Among the weird reasons we have seen people complain about Star Wars: the Old Republic are:
- Banned for leveling or getting equipment too fast. Some players have been banned for going to high level areas they aren’t supposed to be in.
- Making too much money on the galactic trade system.
- Trading between characters when one character gets a massive advantage.
While these reports are from random players, they would appear to be true. All of these occurrences are covered under the terms of service for the game. We went through it for you to find out why this is happening.
Section B6 of the terms of service state that “You may not engage in any conduct or practice that results in an Account containing items, objects, currency, character attributes, rank, or status that are inappropriate for the level or rank of the character contained in the Account, i.e., “item loading,”.”
Unfortunately it’s hard to tell if someone is doing this without constant surveillance. This could mean a Bioware representative could briefly scan your info and declare that you are doing this.
On the one hand it’s understandable that Bioware (and Electronic Arts, who own them) don’t want people to abuse the system. On the other hand it’s creating some massive negative press for them.
Many other games have similar terms to these, and some are necessary such as the ones on not abusing the auction house. However several people have sent reports of something very disturbing. If you get banned, you have to jump through a ton of hoops to get your subscription cancelled. Fans are very mad about this to say the very least.
It’s a violation of consumer rights for sure, at least in America. It would also be a consumer rights violation in many other parts of the world.We’re hoping that Bioware won’t continue with this practice. It could easily spell the death knell for this game.