Name and shame! Hotta Studio has started enforcing very public Tower of Fantasy bans.
MMO-Massacre?! The Great Tower of Fantasy Bans of 19/08
In just a few short weeks, new F2P open-world MMO, Tower of Fantasy, has become all the rage with gamers the world over. Particularly Genshin Impact fans. So much so that its launch was met with traffic-induced server errors and queues of over ten hours, which is a promising start for developer Hotta Studio. Even better, however, is the early example Hotta has made of the inevitable wave of cheaters via a slew of Tower of Fantasy bans.
A swift and resolute response to those willing to besmirch the sanctity of a fair game is always going to strike the right chord with honest players. The gall of some gamers to either troll or try and get ahead through illicit means is a frustrating trope that seemingly no multiplayer game can escape. And when there's little that can be done to combat the nefarious ingenuity of hackers, rooting them out and banning them outright is really the only recourse that devs have.
But it goes above and beyond the call of duty to then name and shame the culprits. Which is exactly what Hotta decided to do in a recent Tweet, listing the accounts of those that decided that the game was too difficult to play fairly in the first month of release. Over 10,000 accounts experienced the wrath of their anti-cheat efforts as of 19/08. You love to see it.
And see it you can by visiting the list of culprits for yourself, a list of Tower of Fantasy bans that will be regularly updated. Unfortunately the names are partially obscured, perhaps due to privacy laws. But there's enough to use for anyone who had their doubts about a player and wanted to confirm their suspicions.
This isn't the first win for Hotta, either. To apologise for the aforementioned backlog on launch, the dev also dished out hundreds of free Dark Crystals - the currency used in its gacha system soon after the launch.
It's probably unlikely that Tower of Fantasy will reach the heady heights of Genshin Impact. But Hotta is certainly making a good impression so far.