Creator ArenaNet took control of the hacker’s character and made sure it met its demise (within the game).
Hell hath no fury like a community of gamers scorned. After nearly a month of terrorizing role-playing title Guild Wars 2, a hacker was publicly shamed and banned from the game.
Creator ArenaNet this week finally took control of the hacker’s characterJ T Darksideand stripped it almost naked before forcing it to jump to its death. The developers then deleted Darkside, as well as the hacker’s other character, X I X I Rage.
According to Guild Wars 2 players, the tricky operator was breaking all the rules for three weeks, in an attempt to dominate its large-scale World versus World (WvW) Player versus Player (PvP) mode.
The hacker used a series of exploits to teleport, deal massive damage, survive coordinated attacks, and generally troll other players, who were left to curse at their screens.
Many took to the Guild Wars online forum, sharing complaints and sneakily captured videos of the culprit’s poor sportsmanlike conduct. But for almost two weeks, those grievances appeared to go unnoticed by ArenaNet. Until Monday, when Game Security Lead Chris Cleary posted some good news.
“We don’t need to see it in-game, sometimes good video evidence is enough for me to track down who it was,” he wrote, thanking users for documenting the hacker’s moves.
“To accompany your video, I give you this video of his account’s last moments,” Cleary said, posting a link to the YouTube clip of Darkside’s embarrassing ending (below). “Oh yah, he’s also banned,” the security lead added.
Cleary and ArenaNet were praised for the move, but at least one person had concerns. “The deletion of the character by a dev is troubling,” wrote Aye.8392. “Banning/disabling the account and making it so that it is not able to be played on A-Net servers is great, but here should be some limiting boundaries as to what an employee can do. In my mind deleting characters crosses that line.”