In ‘Lost Ark’ South Korean version, the Thaemine(Kamen) Race was finished on OCT 5th. However, right after the race was finished, the piloting(or account sharing) scandal started to emerged. Director 'Gold River'(Geum Kang-seon) from Smilegate promised a thorough investigation and tough punishments for piloting.
‘Lost Ark’ South Korean version released the Thaemine(Kamen) on September 13th. As the developers said in advance, defeating Thaemine(Kamen) in hard mode was extremely difficult. Developers predicted that it would take more than a week for users to defeat the Thaemine(Kamen) in hard mode.
Director 'Gold River'(Geum Kang-seon) promised to provide rewards to users if they defeat the Thaemine(Kamen) in hard mode within one week. And Smilegate promised to provide various rewards, including titles and trophies, to the 10 statics that defeated the Thaemine(Kamen) first.
Many statics tried to defeat the Thaemine(Kamen), but all of them failed. Then, Smilegate extended the deadline by one week. And on September 24th, one static defeated the Thaemine(Kamen) in hard mode for the first time.
Afterwards, other statics also defeated the Thaemine(Kamen). And on October 3rd, the 10th static that defeated the Thaemine(Kamen) appeared, confirming the 1st to 10th places in the Thaemine Race.
Through the Thaemine and the Thaemine Race, the number of game users has also surged. New users increased by 225% and returning users increased by 321%. The number of people watching ‘Lost Ark’ on various live streaming platforms has also increased.
However, suspicions were raised through various communities in South Korea that there was the piloting(or account sharing) in TOP 10 statics of Thaemine Race. The claim was that someone(who is very good at this game), other than the account owner, accessed the static member's account and defeated the Thaemine. Some people claimed that decisive evidence was found to prove this.
When these suspicions were raised, Smilegate director 'Gold River'(Geum Kang-seon) said, "Suspicions about piloting(or account sharing) have been raised steadily since last week, and we conducted a thorough investigation every time a static defeated the Thaemine(Kamen)"
As a result of investigating the 9 statics that defeated the Thaemine, each of the 72 accounts had no overlapping access paths. In addition, it was confirmed that there were no cases where the user who defeated the Thaemine participated in the statics that defeted the Thaemine later. However, temporary sanctions were imposed on seven accounts deemed to require further investigation.
And the initial investigation into the static that defeated the Thaemine(Kamen) for the 10th time has been completed. As a result of the investigation, it was determined that additional investigation is necessary for one account, and the account was temporarily sanctioned. If it is confirmed that the account has violated the terms and conditions, all rankings and records achieved by the static in which the account participated will be invalidated.
Director 'Gold River'(Geum Kang-seon) said, “A very unfortunate incident occurred. However, in order to run the game fairly, we had no choice but to do this. We will reform the regulations and standards. And we will do our best to make ‘Lost Ark’ a better game”
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