Bug Abusers Banned

We have recently fixed a GP bug related to the money pouch, and its use within the Duel Arena and the Crucible. Specifically, the bug was only found by players with maximum cash stacks and so is limited to a very small number of accounts.

Sadly, some of these accounts have chosen to abuse this bug several times to generate large amounts of wealth. This is strictly against our rules, and always leads to related accounts being banned, wiped clean and left with no chance of ever being accessed again – no exceptions. People who abuse bugs will simply not be tolerated and are not welcome to play RuneScape, regardless of how long they have played or paid for.

Here is a list of some of the accounts we have banned (in no particular order):

2QO 2475 Total (Maxed Player) 606 Days Played
2College 2054 Total 170 Days Played
TzTok-Roy 2327 Total 335 Days Played
DeadEternity 2496 Total (2 200m xp stats) 462 Days Played
Zeke 1690 Total 121 Days Played
00O0OlI0lIO0 856 Total 54 Days Played
Tncd 1128 Total 87 Days Played
lbw 976 Total 27 Days Played
TvF 2132 Total 279 Days Played
x4v 693 Total 157 Days Played
WASTEDMONKEY 1978 Total 198 Days Played
Rs Completed 2496 Total (Maxed Player) 302 Days Played
d4rk_mayhem 1791 Total 296 Days Played
Serasha 2381 Total 334 Days Played
i am WeeHoo 1889 Total 197 Days Played
FlashZxFOur1 1386 Total 132 Days Played
Shopkeeper 2338 Total 256 Days Played

We are also removing the wealth from any associated accounts (mules and secondary accounts owned by the same player) found gaining wealth from the accounts mentioned above.

As well as the above, there are several other accounts that have accessed the bug but have not abused it. We will be rolling these accounts back to Friday 3rd August, before the bug was being abused and before they gained any wealth from it. We have taken this step to avoid any significant inflation issues and also to keep the game fair to everyone. Since it’s possible that these accounts found the bug by mistake, and were not abusing it, we have decided to offer the benefit of the doubt and not ban them.

Thanks to a new way of analysing data we can be very sure who was, or was not, abusing the bug. We are 100% sure that the actions we have taken are therefore accurate and we will be using this new data system to help us deal with other issues in the very near future.

For those of you concerned about the rare objects being removed from the game after the bans and rollbacks – don’t be. We have several clever and fair ways of making sure that the numbers of these rares (like party hats) remain the same.

Lastly, if you experience or hear of a bug in the game, the right thing to do is submit a bug report so that we can review it and fix ASAP.

Thanks for reading. It’s very sad for all of us when these things happen, but nobody likes a cheat and actions must and will be taken.

Daniel Clough
COO & VP of RuneScape

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