As many of you may know, we've been plagued by some bots over the past few weeks.
I've spent today hunting a bunch down, and have just gone through with a banwave. Another 25-30 have bitten the dust. We're getting better at spotting them, and we'll continue to add code to automate this into future versions so that spotting them becomes even easier!
If you see someone in your guild with a "(banned)" tag next to their name... they were botting, and they've just been banned.
When a player in a guild is banned, we deduct any trophies they've earned from the guild.
The problem we have had prior to today was what to do with GOLD contributed by the player who is botting... it's really not fair that other players benefited from it, but it's extremely difficult for us to follow the money trail and reverse the damage done.
But we now have a new policy!
If a player is banned for botting, and is in a guild (or has contributed gold to a guild) rather than trying to reverse the damage done, we're simply adding it onto the next set of guild tasks - split evenly amongst them, based on the theory that the guild players can make up the gold that was given by the botter before getting rewards again. In most cases it's a small amount, but there were a couple of cases this week where there has been a significant amount added to the tasks.