Lost Ark loses 200k Users After Removing Easy Gold Farming for Bots
In addition to frequent bans, Amazon has taken additional steps to ensure Lost Ark isn't littered with bots. With that, they've lost 200,000 concurrent users, which is not a bad thing.
Spam accounts and bots are a rampant problem in Lost Ark, and some servers currently have more bots than actual players, especially during normal rather than peak gaming hours.
Now, to fix this, Amazon has removed the 7k gold friendly reward from Feiton NPCs and replaced it with silver.
This used to be the easiest way for bots to earn lost ark gold and do things to hundreds of characters at once. Before this update, Lost Ark was getting around 800k concurrent players before the update, and yesterday, after the update, it dropped to 590k.
However, that's not a bad thing. On the contrary, it's a very good thing. This means that Amazon has found an effective way to curb the number of bots in their games, which will ensure that problems with the in-game economy don't pop up.
SteamLost Ark - Number of Players
Lost Ark - Number of Players
On the other hand, the current number of players is an indicator of the actual number of players, and the number is not small. We can even expect them to start rising as the biggest problems are slowly but surely being addressed.
Amazon seems to have learned its lesson from the New World and doesn't plan to see the Lost Ark crumble in the same way.