EA confiscates 15 trillion gold from Ultima Online

"Dirty money" yanked from gameworld, more than 180 accounts terminated for exploiting the system.

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The world of Ultima Online just got a little poorer. Electronic Arts has announced the permanent removal of roughly 15 trillion gold from the game's economy and the termination of more than 180 user accounts in connection with the funds, which it referred to as "dirty money."

In a posting on the game's Web site, the company announced that the funds were confiscated in the form of large denomination checks. In-game checks were intended to top out at a million gold pieces, but EA discovered a number of players with checks far exceeding that amount. The publisher said "these inflated checks have been used by exploiters to store extremely large amounts of gold."

A quick survey of eBay found Ultima Online gold sellers typically asking for between $3 and $4 per million gold pieces, with the few auctions that actually had bids on them running closer to $1 per million gold pieces. Even at the low end of that range, the real-world value of the deleted gold would be about $15 million, and possibly closer to the $60 million some online sellers would ask for it.

Discussion

115 comments
iowastate
iowastate

gold farming in that lame-o game is still going on t# 7 years later I'm sad to say

Sylvas87
Sylvas87

Gotta love EA. I log in once, to see if anyone still played, and I get labeled an exploiter and banned.

Cloud737
Cloud737

Heh, another gold farming case, eh? Oh well, it`s not such a surprise.

Lyndy62
Lyndy62

UO should have died a long time ago. There has been several attempts to bring UO into the 21st century but they have all failed. The game may be fun, yet, when compared to present day MMO's, the archaic graphics and cheats ruin an otherwise enjoyable experience. UO is the model that all other MMO's spawned. It is a bit of history in the computer age. But sadly, I feel it has run it's course and needs to RIP. Maybe one day they will create something that again captures the imagination of gamers like UO once did. However, I think we have become jaded from over exposure and the experience of another UO in its infancy is probably not possible.

metroidfan220
metroidfan220

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CrimeMyAntiDrug
CrimeMyAntiDrug

Actually, one of the major reasons people still play this game is because out of all of the MMOs out there, including WoW, it has the best PvP of any of them. Not to mention the fact that it is a lot easier to start out in, doesnt require you to completely devote your life to the game if you want to have a useful character, and despite the dated 2d graphics, it is still just downright enjoyable.

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

I only have one thing to say.... HAHAHA!

SambaLele
SambaLele

that's a great game, but sadly it's really easy to cheat/ exploit in that game...

coltACP
coltACP

I can see why they did it, people other than EA making lots of money lol. Also crazy-go on GW now they reverted the gold drops and item drops when they introduced factions- its like christmas again:P

Cra2y
Cra2y

180 users? lol there goes the UO community. Delete accounts and then nerf the hell out of farming. That'll fix their wagon.

Cra2y
Cra2y

lol, delete money and accounts and then nerf the game. I remember playing GW and its farming, they nerfed it and the game got tedious and boring as far as making gold. And in GW if you were not farming and running with a group, "your party shares 100 gold". Its just ghey if it takes to long to make money in a game, it loses its "fun factor" low gold drops, nerfed farming make items in game outrageous prices

SoberWarock
SoberWarock

What is the best game EA has ever made?!

evilyoda861
evilyoda861

I haven't even heard of this game. EA sucks so bad I wont be surprised when they go under with their **** games resently. Not like this will ruin any lives, or make them better so just something they want attention for. Hell wouldn't doubt they exaggerated some of it.

superkhy
superkhy

sounds more like a desperate cry for attention to me ("GUYS! CHECK OUT THIS HUGE NUMBER THAT MEANS NOTHING TO ANYONE! YES! SOMEONE IS LOOKING OUR WAY!")

joehead
joehead

Do people still play this game?Wasn't this like from 1969?Whats a MMO?How many licks to get to the centre of a tootsie pop?Why does it hurt when I pee?Do people still play this game?

chemnikk
chemnikk

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Star67
Star67

aww man, it looked like this was gonna be about spore.

jsambeckwith
jsambeckwith

I don't even know what Ultima online is... nor do I care...

TheVelvet
TheVelvet

I also thought this article would be about Spore from the picture posted.

Sino21
Sino21

Haw, from the pic that they posted on the last word, I thought it was about 15 trillion possible beasts in Spore, but this is intresting too.

nametaken
nametaken

It'd be interesting to hear from a cheater. Their motivations, what they gained, how much they lost, was it worth it to get their account canceled, etc. I think it's strange how we play so many games implementing a life of crime and violence, but we absolutely admonish anyone that partakes in any game-centric criminal activity. Hey, I hate the idea of gold farming, too. I just want to hear from some of these people.

rlsmith42
rlsmith42

EA pwns the cheaters! And saying "Who plays UO?" is like saying "Who plays the original Final Fantasy?" They were the diffinitive start of a genre, and they can't be forgotten.

Kanaric
Kanaric

[quote]Ultima Online? I'm sorry, people are still playing this game?[/quote] Why not? Its a good game and still has a high population. The reason is that is has decent PVP something that every single new MMORPG lacks. Also it doesnt require you to have no life to play. Just because it has old graphics doesn't mean nobody plays it, lol. btw: WoW pvp doesn't classify as decent, its well below average.

Freakazoidian
Freakazoidian

Just because EA didn't find an exploit that allowed people to save more gold than allowed, they ban 180 accounts? Money caps should be banned, people should have the right to save as much gold as they can. Unless they are completely abusing farming. (which most of these people probably were, but still...)

chickenslave
chickenslave

Vamroc, Im sorry, but thats the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. Im sure if you ever worked on any project like an MMO, you'd not be saying that right now. Peoiple aren't Gods, they can't just smell out glitches before players find them.

vamroc
vamroc

They found a bug and exploited it its not the players responsiblity to play FBI and NARC on other players. The program writers for Ultima should have seen that kind of abuse potential coming from a mile away.

TheSergeant
TheSergeant

Ultima Online? I'm sorry, people are still playing this game?

runstalker
runstalker

Between SOE's peak era on EQ and SWG where they flubbed multiple expansions (shipped incomplete, etc.) and the rise to prominence of gold farmers, the MMO image has been tarnished for years. All we needed was a tipping point, and that point happened via saturation--thanks to dozens of substandard efforts from Asia. Many of these titles, painfully mediocre games to begin with, have a style overwhelmingly geared towards Asian gaming culture and tastes: we're talking internet cafe business-friendly stat grinding, thousands of FedEx quest 'narratives', non-consensual PK w/ item/exp loss, point & click character movement, irritating website plug-ins and 'anti-hack' agents. All the kind of stuff that 'grinds' against western sensibilities--and it's built-up to this MMO backlash we're now seeing. Who wants to pay a monthly fee for new to offer, just kick back and catch the next wave. Or god forbid, start it yourself. Bit more evolution, 'lil less imitation.

Greatwasabi
Greatwasabi

Those people who are saying EA is taking it too seriously need to read. 180 accounts doing that, if they sell the gold at 1$ per Million, and 15 trillion was confiscated, thats about 15 million dollars. Split between 180 accounts, they'd get around 90,000 dollars for cheating. And that's called illegal.

Pablo620
Pablo620

Its sad that something as awesome as online gaming has to be ruined by cheaters

Flan_Man
Flan_Man

You realize that this will lead to a depression in Ultima Online. 1929 all over again. Oh wait. It is a game. Only 180 accounts toasted? How could 180 rake in 15 trillion gold and not be stopped before now?

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

wow. a lot of wasted time for those users that got their acct deleted!

Thanos_of_MW
Thanos_of_MW

Cheaters online ruin the experience for others. Good that they kicked them out and got rid of the fake money.

AceCometh
AceCometh

Does anyone even play that game anymore? With FFXI and WoW around, who needs such dated software like UO?

Connor24
Connor24

I hate it when people ruin mmos by causing inflation.

Safe_Bet
Safe_Bet

Who would have ever guessed that "cheating" was such a basic human instinct... :(

evolutiontapped
evolutiontapped

Haha, if you havent played UO recently you may not understand this article fully.. I quit UO in part, not fullly because, gold farmers would block dungeons and kill anyone who came in so they could sell the gold for cash. A very frustrating situation, especially when they would release a dragon on the first floor.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Maybe it's time to have a EA section? There vomit litters this news area daily.

jeebs213
jeebs213

anyone lame enough to be playing Ultima Online AND to be cheating on it deserves to have thier account terminated. As I see it, EA did them a favor. Welcome back to the real world!