Square Enix announced on July 21, 2006 that it had banned or suspended more than 2,000 accounts for its popular Final Fantasy XI video game, citing violations of the user agreement on account of 'malicious"? use of third-party programs that enabled 'abnormal in-game movement"?. Use of such programs, states Square Enix, can destroy in-game balance and encourage trade of in-game gold for real world money.
The ban by Square Enix is but the latest in a series of similar account suspensions in MMORPGs, with similar events occurring in games such as Ultima Online and World of Warcraft.
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