Square Enix dropped his banhammer on the Final Fantasy XIV community, closing more than 5.000 account, on suspicion of illegally trading in-game items.

As announced by Square itself in a new official post, the software house has revealed the reasons behind this ban which took place between February 25 and March 3, 2021. Apparently, the marauders were caught making purchases using real money as a bargaining chip, preferring them to the classics Gil.

Transactions of this type are in direct violation of the official game rules and they risk unbalancing not only the economy of the game, but also its difficulty. It is not the first time that Square has dealt with this problem: in 2019, the company was forced to close 9.500 accounts involved in this Massive Multiplayer Black Market.