What's up with the cat? Hello there.
Then, to actual matters. The player 'Soho' has contacted us twice during the last week or so, about happenings in GW2.
#1) First of all was the slots thing. He stated that A Team would be controlling 'Business Select' airlines as their 'fake airline' since they've had talk about 600 PEK slots being able to be 'released' for him if he joins their alliance (Soho being based also at PEK). I was copy-pasted some PM messages between the two parties.
While at this point the Business Select was no longer A Team's member, he had been one. But he was going bankrupt soon and had already left the alliance, which is normal. However there were clearly plans to coordinate the time when Business Select was to be closed by the player, and then allowing the other players of the same alliance to grab as many slots he had left as possible. And as I understood they tried to include Soho into this too by having him join the alliance and "promising" these slots to him.. This is on the very borderline of the rules, and this is exactly why the slot quota mechanisms are in place. Sure, you can talk with your former alliance mate and agree when he's gonna close down but if the intention of this is to only get all of his slots back to other alliance airlines, then it's already unfair.
Hence I sent a reminder to A Team's managers about the game's slot rules (before any airline closures had happened). And to my understanding there was no large-scale coordinated slot transfer with this bankruptcy. Player Soho declined to join A Team, don't know more about that.
Where the idea of a "fake" airline did come, I have no idea. The managing player of Business Select is a seemingly normal user account and nothing has pointed to a 'fake' account in any way. He starting at another location after the bankruptcy is completely normal - the previous airline at PEK was indeed failing. And him joining the alliance again is nothing abnormal. Leaving the alliance due to bankruptcy is normal and fully expected (since alliance would get negative points for that .. which isn't a working rule in practice really by the way, will be changed sometime later).
Nothing suspicious here, but a "friendly" reminder was issued to alliance managers before anything happened. (don't know if it would have happened or not but still)
#2) His another contact with us was about the plane sales, for example "A selling to B and B leasing to A" within the same alliance, and question if this is allowed. Response: "Normal one-time plane sales are allowed but selling the same planes back and forth repeatedly is not OK." This is written clearly in the rules too. Sale-leaseback deals are normal in real life too and done like this it's ok, but transferring the same plane or a group of planes back and forth repeatedly is not ok. Alliance plane sales is a big part of the alliances and I haven't seen any benefit in trying to limit the "help" from other alliance members by plane sales - but as long as it's reasonable and one time sales only, so any juggling of the same planes back and forth is not allowed. This is hard to write down in words in the rules, so it's always a bit case-by-case thing. And any attempts to go around the alliance price limits aren't accepted either (= guy leaving the alliance, then using min/max prices to sell the planes, and possibly returning back to the alliance after that).
All plane sale prices are logged by the way, I might add that info to public view too to the a/c history pages since community spots any strange patterns quickly.
In this case I did not investigate the matter as the question sent by him did not specify _any_ details. No idea what game world, what alliance, what planes etc was talked about, so nothing that could have been investigated. So why complain here then? No idea.
#3) Creating multiple accounts is very clearly forbidden in the Terms of Service. Would you really think that there is a foolproof system to prevent registrations if someone already has an account? We don't want that as it causes way more problems (but that said, there are various technical systems in place to prevent this, and other spam/abusive registrations. Mainly problem has historically been the people who try to play the free version over and over again .. 95% of multi-account cases are such). Things are also logged quite extensively, but of course you could run two accounts and might not get caught if you are careful.. But I haven't seen that as any issue here really, only very few cases over many years. But what would you really gain from using a fake account? Planes, slots, what? You have to pay for that too, and if you are caught, it's over for both accounts (= no questions asked, both accounts banned, immediately .. and you might get the other one back some time later then, depends on the case).
If you claim in public that someone has a fake account, then you should have some serious proof. And even if you have it shows a greal lack of taste to toss around such statements before sending any claims, evidence or beliefs to the administration who has the real power to investigate things. Since we do see quite much more than just the IP address. (and besides of the hard technical evidence, usually the play patterns are very revealing too ... let's say you played the free 7-day demo to the end, and then right after that magically a new account is registered which is claimed to be "his brother"....bah.)
So posting such claims to public forum is very bad taste and also actually against our forum guidelines (http://www.airwaysim.com/forum/index.php/topic,3198.0.html
). Also cross-posting the same message to many forums is not good...
Much fuss about almost nothing. And some rather wild associations about fake accounts and other things to which I really don't agree to.Thread remains open for now, might be closed since probably nothing important to be said here.