I just thought about a possible solution facing these meso sellers. Overall, I see it as a deterrent measure. I recently see several players, on my BL and guild, getting ton of mesos via different ways. Then some buying loaded amount of mesos from meso sites! Mainly for StarForce on the way to 20-22 stars!!! I have seen Nexon doing some big ban waves and it's really good they are doing it. But it doesn't seem to affect botters that much, but the company should do it even more and also more manual patrolling. People still buying their mesos from illegal sites, NOTE that every meso sites are illegals, also be aware of ppl claiming to be legit and selling mesos! Who knows. Althought if this person is really legal, he should sell mesos for maple points like some F2P players do, some of you guys know a famous one as collector also making dmg calculator apps.
Now, knowing that we see more botters to sell more mesos, how many competitors are there?? I am thinking that Nexon should actually sell mesos. Now I feel like someone replying that we already have cash - mesos rate called Meso market... From what I notice, I personnally don't know that many players converting NX to maple points to sell them for mesos in Meso Market as there is a limit of transactions we can do daily... I don't include players selling the maple pts earned from in-game event in this section. These botters can also buy maple points to do ads of their sites via smega (possibly???). So this system is not that great for us in GMS.
There is a possible deterrent measure if we put effort banning even more botters, especially manually to not affect any more legit players. Thinking of a way for Nexon to sell mesos and it should be sold in CashShop!!! You know these meso bags in CS?? They give low and ramdom amount of mesos... of course no one is gonna buy these bags due to botters fixing a $$$ - meso rate for a ridiculous amount, mostly varying between 1 and 1.5B mesos for $1 US compared to highest amount of mesos possible you can luckily get from Unique meso bag at a cost of 3k NX ($3 US). Unless a very few newbies knowing nothing about bot situation nor meso selling, they may buy some bags, but it's a very low amount of players. So why can't Nexon simply increase amount of mesos from these Meso bags to about same amount as $$$ - meso rate fixed by botters?? Only p2w players who own credit card can actually buy of botters, but can we actually trust them due to possible fraud with credit card? who knows eventually. Buying mesos directly from CashShop is way more secure as you need NX prepaid/credit (which price can be affected by reward points! (or not necessarely, up to Nexon) or maple points.
***YOU guys may think that it's gonna deflate meso value even more doing this?? Think about it, as long as botters still exist, the situation can't get worse as they ''kinda'' have infinite amount of mesos.
Ok so, now we have changed Meso bags from CS, what next? Can we do further more to deter and ban botter accounts? Now taking a look at Auction House, mainly looking for most desired usable/etc items here. Look at these huges quantities of Clean Slate scrolls, cubic blades, Arcane River Droplet and Stone Origin Droplet, mainly in Bera. I might miss couple more items here. Can we do something about that? More investigation should be done here, seeing illegal trade, illegal as with botter account, stocking loots from them then selling in AH to then sell mesos. Then what about protection scroll? Can we just reduce price of these Shielding/Superior Shielding wards by half?? So some players may start to prime items again by buying from CS and reward shop. Giving even more mob Droplets from Lucid and Damien not just boss droplet so this change will also affect Reboot players so they can finally have arcane items a bit faster. Same for some items like CSS and more, make them drop in a reasonable drop rate from some daily/weekly bosses.
Then once we can control these botters, if things are better, then on Nexon discretion they may slightly change NX : meso rate like these botters do, of course.
To finish this, we can possibly neutralize botters with many ways:
-Keep mass banning via manual and automatic modes but ESPECIALLY manually (patrolling), investigating Auction House further more and those meso sites to possibly arrest these ppl for profiting making money via gaming.
-Having Nexon as meso seller by increasing these amount of mesos from Rare/Epic/Unique Meso Bags from CashShop to match the rate given by botters, which can be changed on their discretion (should be mentioned on item description in CS too).
-Increasing availability of certain items, mainly sold in AH in huge quantity via daily/weekly bosses.
You guys can freely post about other possible solutions or constructive debate! Share this!!!
EDIT: Fixing these issues may even lead to a lower Star Force costs, closer to KMS costs !!!!