More than 5,000 Final Fantasy 14 players likely woke up a few days ago to find their accounts had been banned. According to the development team, these players were engaged in real-money trading and advertisements, which could have ruined the game’s balance.
In a post on the game’s official website, Square Enix said that 5,037 accounts were banned for participation in real-money trading and “other illicit activities,” while another 814 were banned for advertising real-money trading.
Players can submit a cheating report within the game client to help curb the problem, and they can also report advertisements to stop others from offering these services in the game. It probably won’t completely eliminate the problem, but it should help reduce its prevalence.