Final Fantasy XIV Has Already Banned Over 500 Accounts
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn was released on August 27th and encountered server congestion issues due to high popularity according to Square Enix.
MMOCAST stated that since the game's early launch on August 24, 2013, Square Enix already bannded over 500 accounts. Most of the accounts were hacked accounts. To address this issue, apart from asking players to take special care of their accounts, Square Enix has offered a Security Token ($9.99) which will generate a one-time-password each time players want to log-in. In addition, a new STF (Special Task Force) was created to stop gold farmers. By controlling issues related to RMT or using of outside programs, STF will analyze information gathered from GMs. And countermeasures against cheats will apply this information.
To solve the overloading server issue, Square Enix announced a 10-hour maintenance the other day. Besides, players will get a one week free trial period extension. European players who couldn't link their PSN account to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will get full refund. However, Square Enxi claimed this was unrelated to its server congestion problem.