The original thread was a public awareness announcement about the devs most likely selling your location data for those of you who watch ads. I wasn’t able to gain enough conclusive data to find that to be 100% factual. So everything stated below is based on perception and experience.
The bed time story starts…last week a player named Firrian figured out that you could skip ads and still get the “rewards” despite it clearly saying “skip ads and you cannot receive the reward”. Firrian spread this knowledge to some other members. Potentially 100 other members depending on who bothers reading his advice. A few days later Firrian had zero ads available… On any of his 7 Gems of War accounts. Despite the patch notes saying “one ad available every 8 hours”. So potentially 3 ads in 24 hours. Interesting enough, only when Firrian used his accounts at his physical locations were the ads blocked from his viewing. Others in different states or countries could log into his account and have ads available to them.
To be fair Firrian was able to watch 2-3 ads between his 7 accounts during a 4 day period. So if not a complete IP block, definitely a tremendous throttle?
Let’s assume that no one ratted on poor Firrian. And therefore ruined such knowledge like that from being spread out again. Instead assume that the rewards to ad time ratio at Firrian’s location was tracked and raised a red flag in the matrix.
And perhaps it’s not poor Firrian since what he did could be considered an exploit. Though I hardly see gaining a 100 gold every 8 hours and saving 28 seconds of your life from ads being an exploit. I would call it “Tivoing”. But that’s semantics… And still not the point. Once the devs returned to their lair. The very next day. Firrian had his 3 ads back again each day on all 7 of his accounts. But the option to skip ads is nowcompletely removed, at least for him.
Based on Firrian’s personal experience with ads. I’m at least 100% certain that my location data, and whatever else from my soul I signed away with the Terms and Conditions is for sale every time I watch an ad. I believe…that data is worth a lot more than 100 gold and the tiny chance I’ll get 30 times more gold or 10 gems from viewing the ad. So though the ability to skip ads and get rewards is most likely an exploit that’s been “patched”. The devs are currently exploiting your data by giving you digital pennies while they receive real dollars. In my opinion.
TL:DR - Value yourself and your data. Don’t bother watching ads until more than just 90 seconds of your daily life is compensated for. Instead decide what is your data worth to 3rd party companies. It should be way more than 100 gold.