Rigging a system to function in any other way than how it was designed is, usually, aggainst the law in real life for softwares and machinery/hardware to a certain extent. In this last case it just basically invalidates any support you could get if the whole thing blows up and any legal compensation the manufacturer would be obliged to you if the thing blows up on your face and you lose sight of one or both eyes for example...
But well, the legal approach is always subjective and if by chance the devs must opt out for stern lectures on all involved i will, still, trust that this is the best they can do for now, but i'll seek forward that they must make it CLEAR that this behavior will not be tolerated anymore.
It's sort of noble, or naive, that you seem to believe that players couldn't be doing it on purppose. Once something is replicable and people were activelly been doing it, it's irrefutable that someone dicovered a design flaw and exploited it to get benefits.
Let me show you both an example:
- We know that the number of ways to get gems are very specific in this game.
- If i find a certain combination of actions that somewhow rewards me with one gem everytime then i'm exploiting a flaw unintended to exist.
- I'm doing something that the game is not supposed to do and it also gives me some benefit and advantage.
This is enough legal ground for any game company in general to ban someone. Specially if it's a game where others are involved in some sort of competition that might be unbalanced by these actions. Cheating on solo-games like Doom not only were possible but also promoted with special passwords and codes, but why those doesn't exist in multiplayer plataforms?
Because if someone is using and others aren't these others are clearly on disadvantage, no matter how small it may seem even in GoW's case as some people have defended. I have just a year in this game, but if i start cheating until i have as much, or more, than people that been playing for two years i'm cheating my way over them and cheaping the whole experience.
The others might never know that i cheated, but something illegal is still illegal even if no one knows about it.