Real money trading in any ARPG is a right pain in the backside. Being spammed in chat being one of the most annoying factors when you’re trying to play. Grinding Gear Games has decided that enough is enough.
In the Path of Exile 0.11.0e patch update they’re adding a new trading condition for players where trading currency items with other players will be blocked until a player’s character reaches level 25+. GGG state that this change has been added to “disrupt RMT and should not affect legitimate players very much”.
In a follow-up statement from GGG’s Chris Wilson he adds that they are “sorry for any inconvenience that the new trading restrictions cause, but they will have a dramatic impact on our mission to destroy RMT sites.”
Strong words from Chris, he really is a man on a mission.
The aim is to slow down the speed at which RMT sites can move currency items between accounts. Any RMT operation will now have to level-up thousands of characters beyond level 25 which will make their life a lot harder.
He also points out that accounts that have already been created are not affected by the new restrictions, it only applies to new accounts that are being created.
It’s encouraging to see GGG take some action against RMT, and while these new rules may be a little confusing to new players at first, the community will really benefit and the in-game economy can flourish if these new measures work.