If you can access the Zone this morning, you can read the original text. If you can’t, like me, you can look at CoD’s news item on the topic. Either way, you’ll get the happy news that yesterday’s “dude, we can crash the server and dupe and stuff, and we won’t get in trouble for it because it’s Turbine’s fault we can do so” kiddies were actually banned for their sins.
Unfortunately, the news blurb also notes that the “AC Team’s” essential policy isn’t changing.
The good news is that we were able to track down all the players who were exploiting this bug and crashing the servers. As we have stated in the past: Since Asheron’s Call was commercially released, it has been our policy that if players make use of a bug that we did not catch or did not have time to fix before releasing the game, we would not punish them for our mistake, instead directing our efforts toward fixing those bugs as soon as possible. The exceptions to this are with those bugs that significantly affect the performance or stability of the game.
Perhaps the problem wouldn’t have exploded in the first place if players wouldn’t haved believed that they have a license to exploit, merely by logging in. Nice work this time. Work harder next time.