Jagex has officially and permanently banned an Old School RuneScape player with an account that is (was?) worth a whopping $250,000 in real-world money. Reportedly, this player – ‘BTC’ – boasts an in-game collection worth a quarter of a million dollars, and at the time of his ban, he was sitting on a fortune that equalled some one trillion ‘gp’ in the game.
In a clip that was shared by Jake Lucky, we saw BTC complaining at length about his ban – which is his second ban of this nature. He goes on a tirade against Jagex, claiming that the company’s anti-cheat team is ‘braindead’ and ‘corrupt’.
Here’s the clip:
As per the reports, BTC was banned for ‘Real World Trading’, which is a process that’s frowned upon by developers the world over as it can encourage malicious activity in gaming, such as the utilisation of cheats. It’s a huge thing in some other games, like Escape From Tarkov, where players will pay real-world money to get in-game items, and the people who obtain and sell those items are often accused of being – and sometimes revealed to be – cheaters.
According to Jagex, BTC was tracked by the anti-cheat team, and hundreds of millions of ‘gp’ were traded through his account and then sold shortly afterwards, and now, the developer refuses to overturn the ban.
Did BTC just suffer one of the biggest losses in gaming because of a potentially misaligned ban, or do you think Jagex is in the right?