Sunday, 31 May 2015

A wild scambling website appears! Again...

Recently on the EVE-O forums a player called YourSherpa popped up with a thread announcing yet another scam gambling website under creation.  This one is called EVE-Summit, and it's looking to become a news site with gambling.  The owner isn't beating around the bush with this one and has outright stated that the goal of this website is financial success, which in my eyes means that it's operating as a business running in-game activities, so will be in breach of the EULA from the moment it launches.

Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with fansites trying to recoup some or all of their running costs, nor do I have a problem with scams (which these gambling sites inevitably are), but I do have a problem with players looking to draw income from in-game activities and items, as whatever way you swing it, that is RMT.

Essentially these sites all work the same, they get players to cycle ISK though on their game while they shill out winnings on disposable shill accounts.  They then funnel that ISK back in as "prizes" to bring in more players to increase their profits.  While it's difficult to prove it's also widely believe that these types of sites funnel a significant amount of ISK to illegitimate RMT sites, and with the number of players tending to use them it's difficult to separate actual winners from shills.  They all differ in how they give out their ISK and how they generate their income, but the outcome is the same.

I'm hopeful that CCP is moving to a position where these types of sites are stopped sooner rather than later.  Somer BLINK got away with it for some time, but following their closure the rules have been much tighter, and with iwantisk recently receiving a block from the in-game browser there's definitely signs that these types of sites are not being received very well.  As a playerbase, we can do our own part by refusing to sign up for these sites and encouraging others to avoid them too.  Don't subscribe to their channels or streams and don't visit any of their links, especially without an ad blocker.  Visiting on your in-game browser with trust or signing up is a definite one to avoid since that will provide them with both your IP and character names allowing them to build a database of who is an alt of who, something they may choose to leverage later.

As was to be expected, when I raised RMT concerns on their thread I got the standard response where this one is different, though these guys were much more open about the fact that this is for cash, not just for adding content supporting the game they love.  It's no surprise though, YourSherpa's history is hardly that of an EVE fan.  He played a few years ago for a couple of years, left, then seemingly returned now that he thinks he can grab some quick cash from EVE players.

While posting I was listening to their stream and hearing them trying to rally the players they've collected so far into some kind of defense which never materialised.  The best part though was when they started talking about Somer, fundamentally misunderstanding why Somer were banned.  They also claimed that rather than shutting down Somer should have started legal proceedings!  CCP can actually ban people for no reason if they like, completely legally, so I can't imagine a site blatantly violating the EULA would last very long challenging a ban through the legal system.

All in all this is just another RMT scammer site and should be avoided.

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