For the most part, apparently…
You mean aside from it being the centerpiece of pretty much every quarterly security report ever?
While we don’t respond to every individual report of botting or real money trading, they’re all taken 100% seriously, and are thoroughly investigated for credibility.
Multiple reports from different sources also remain incredibly valuable and allow us to cross reference behavior and nail these guys faster.
The main thing we want to emphasize though is that without a demand for RMT – without pilots in EVE buying dirty ISK from these guys, these guys can’t operate.
Do you really want to run with the 200IQ spodbrain argument that people who are selling ISK for real money aren’t also industrializing their operation via automation?
Be sure to report them, then. And all the other NPCs, too!
Explain your rationale in the bot report in detail.
I’m sure they’ll be absolutely blown away by your very clever and unassailable argument and remove… no… ban… these bots at once.
Good thing I never suggested it was in any way connected to stopping player bots doing RMT.
What I said was that, bots, which are colloquially understood within the community to be player automation, yield illicit benefits to a player. NPCs, while sharing the quality of “automation”, are simply part of the game world and are not being operated to provide a player with illicit gains. Thus, reducing the two to a single shared feature and then trying to say, “Look, they’re totally the same!” is a deliberately obtuse, dishonest argument that actively avoids the totality of facts in favor of a position that focuses on a solitary technical similarity.
Which is why most people wouldn’t actually make that argument.