Despite banning "over a million" accounts for the use of bots, Lost Ark is still currently one of the most played games. A quick glance at SteamDB will tell you that it's fourth on Steam's list of 24-hour peak concurrent players, and second in terms of all-time peak. To add to that, last week we reported that the game surpassed 20 million global users.
However, despite the massive ban wave, it appears that the game's bot problem hasn't been resolved. The devs recently put out an update on all the top issues faced by the game on the Lost Ark Forum.
"Last Friday we began rolling out bot bans, targeting over a million illegitimate accounts," reads the blog post. " We know this will not fix the situation by itself and there are still bots present the game, so we want to provide reassurance that this was just one step in an ongoing battle. Following this initial massive ban wave, we are continuing to regularly roll out additional bans to clear out more bots from the game. Beyond that, we are also working on internal methods and tools to make it much more difficult for bots to enter the game, especially at the current rate they are being created. These updates will soon be on their way to the game."
The devs also mentioned that they are aware of the effect these bots have been having on the in-game economy, and they have been monitoring it. As a stop-gap, they have changed the gold reward for some Rapport and Guide Quests to silver, in order to prevent exploitation of the system.
Another major issue that the blog addressed was with regard to the European Central queues. The devs mentioned that a number of improvements and adjustments to background processes have resulted in the queues for the region becoming shorter.
Other updates include a noticeable improvement in the matchmaking system, the implementation of a community requested language filter, and modified log-in bonuses for Europe West players who swapped regions in order to help with server congestion. The devs are still finalizing the rewards and will share an update soon.
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