People are just going to find a way to circumvent the system. It’s just the way of the gaming world. What a company does against said cheaters, however, can speak volumes. In the case of EVE Online there’s some style points to be awarded, as a public in-game execution of EVE Online cheaters recently took place.
During the space sandbox’s GM Week, players were instructed by GMs to head to the Yulai system for a “special event.” What players found when they arrived at the appointed destination was a Thanatos carrier flagged as “suspect”, meaning it could be fired upon without EVE’s CONCORD NPC guard force intervening. Naturally, players leapt at the opportunity and opened fire, destroying the cruiser.
At this point, the GMs explained that the vessel in question was a bot that was playing the game for its owner. Over the next hour, another eight carrier and super-carrier vessels were brought in to the system for the same crimes, each successive one being destroyed by the ever-growing mob of newly deputized player ships.
Reportedly, the end of GM Week saw another such public execution event, wrapping up with a botter’s Titan – the largest ship type in the game – being brought to the digital chopping block for players to turn into slag.
We can only wish to be a fly on the wall for when these bot-using players realize that their extremely expensive spacecraft was turned into dust. And in such a brilliantly public manner to boot! Well played, CCP GMs. Well played indeed.