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Published on Dec 21, 2012
June 26-28: Nexon's false ban wave
In an attempt to satisfy the community, Nexon decided to ban over 1000 accounts for 'hacking'. However, not all is as it seems as most of these 'hackers' are high-ranked, legitimate players who willingly spend a lot of NX. This incident coincided with the Quarantine 'water-only' problem. Many players were enraged; others distraught at the fact that their accounts were falsely banned. Next, the Combat Arms forum was spammed with threads titled 'wrongful ban' 'false bans' 'wrongful bans sign here' or threads with similar titles. How does Nexon manage to get away with this? Users who had their accounts wrongfully banned indicated that they were all heavy NX users with Gold grade or above, and had held a rank of Captain or higher. Many people speculated that Nexon resorted to banning heavy NX spenders in order for them to create a new account and fill up their newly made accounts with NX items and at the same time make more money in an attempt to stop the hackers.
Another week had passed and the wall of shame had not been updated, wrongfully banned users were kept in the dark as the post by Khali, the CM, was vague and not elaborated further. 'The recent bans which occurred were Violations of the ToS and are not for water-only powerleveling. Please check the Wall of Shame for more information'
This sparked another wave of wrongful ban threads. How can the CM tell the players to check the Wall of Shame when it hasn't been updated since the 25th of June? As a CM, working for Nexon, she should know that the Wall of Shame has not been updated. Another week passed and the tickets of falsely banned players were left open and unanswered. By the 5th of July, many falsely banned players had continued to flood the forums concerning their false ban. A few players had their ticket changed to 'Work in Progress' though, many would not believe it. The wall of shame had not updated, disappointing many of the falsely banned players, leaving them in the dark. On the 6th July however, the list of banned players have been updated (finally), but disappointed many players as most of the names were blacked out, rank removed and the reason was 'In-Game GM Action'. Players were outraged. Why would Nexon hide the reason for the punishment for the certain players?
Another month had passed, the 4th Anniversary came and went; falsely banned players' tickets were left as 'Work In Progress'. Nexon, continued their marketing scheme by offering 'sales' and re-releasing the 'retired' weapons up for permanent duration. Banned players were outraged. Why would Nexon dare to have multiple sales after the suspension of heavy-nx spending players' accounts? Of course, Nexon's plans were finally revealed.