As Level Up embraces botting, ArenaNet bans 4,000 Guild Wars accounts for botting.
No wonder gold's out of stock at IGE. At least the runner business won't be affected; that requires human players. Don't get me wrong: I'm a big believer in secure automated C2C RMT a la Station Exchange. Gamers should have as many secure avenues as possible to monetize their skills. We can't all be e-sports athletes like Fatal1ty.
I just think botting is silly. That, and it causes in-game currency inflation. In January 2005, the Ragnarok Philippines in-game currency, the zenny, was valued at around $0.60 per million zenny on their Chaos server. Thanks to rampant botting, today it's around $0.10 per million zenny. If the Ragnarok gameworld of Rune-Midgard were a real country, it would be the next Argentina.
By contrast, expect the value of Guild Wars gold to increase in the days ahead.