Sony Online Entertainment has formed its own anti-fraud police force that operates inside games such as Free Realms
and Star Wars Galaxies
. Called the Norathian Underground Gnome Investigation Team (NUGIT), it chases online fraudsters, gold farmers and spammers all over the virtual world.
Despite its hilarious gnomish title and tiny, nine member, team, NUGIT has apparently already lead to the closure of some 295,000 accounts.
The virtual police force operates on tip offs from players (which could lead to all sorts of fun). Says Brad Wilcox
, who is both a member of the MMO Fuzz and, less excitingly, part of the customer support team, "Once a player reports a spammer or farmer to NUGIT, we watch the individual account and track other accounts of the mules and runners associated with the organization."
He continued, telling Reuters, "Rather than closing down one account, we'll follow the individual and end up banning as many as 100 to 200 accounts based off one tip."
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