Lost Ark is banning over 1M Accounts

Just a month after launch, Lost Ark has deployed one of the biggest ban waves we've seen, with "over a million" accounts being removed for bottling in a single day

Following the MMO's wide release on February 11, it hit an astounding 1,324,761 peak concurrent players, which puts it second only to PUBG on the all-time Steam concurrents leaderboard. 

They were likely legitimate players who wanted to try out the free-to-play action RPG, which became popular in Korea a few years before Amazon booted up servers in Europe and the US.

But with over a million accounts now deleted, we might see a dip relative to its average concurrents so far, which Steam Charts clocks at around 683,509.

One player said on Twitter that they've already seen a Lost Ark server queue drop from over 8,000 to 950, though whether that's a result of the bans is uncertain.

Botting is a common MMO behavior & refers to the use of software to automate repetitive behaviors—eg, grinding starter zone enemies to level characters, often with the intent to turn a profit on them.

Lost Ark being free-to-play makes it a much easier target for botters, who don't lose an investment if they're banned, which partially explains the scale here.

PUBG, which is also free-to-play, once reported 13 million cheater bans in a little over a year. 

At a rate of 1Million bans per month, Lost Ark is currently on pace to match that although if Amazon & Smilegate are really good at detecting bots there are at least a few surefire ones operating them

"Maintaining a fair and fun gameplay experience for our players is a top priority for the team," according to a statement posted by the developers today. 

While we intend to make a massive impact with this ban wave, we know that there is more work to be done & want players to know that this is only one step in what will be an active and ongoing process.

The Lost Ark team also acknowledged that "it is possible that a small number of players may be erroneously identified as bots.

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