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Update regarding Multiboxing and input automation

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CCP Falcon
#1 - 2014-11-25 16:05:13 UTC  |  Edited by: CCP Falcon
Playing with multiple accounts at the same time has a long history within EVE Online, and has always been permitted. There are various ways to do it, and since there’s been a lot of discussion surrounding what is and isn’t allowed, we’d like to clarify a few terms and exactly how the EULA and our Policies must be interpreted and how some things are shifting.

Over the last few weeks we have gone through an internal review process to clarify what exactly the EULA and ToS require in terms of input automation, input multiplexing and input broadcasting. This is the result of that review process and an outline of how we will interpret things going forward.

Firstly we’d like to go over a few terms.

Multiboxing

Multiboxing refers to playing as multiple separate characters, simultaneously, across a number of accounts, either by using multiple computers to run the game, or by using a number of instances of EVE on a single computer.

Uses for multiboxing range from scouts in PvP to gang boosting, support and ECM alts, as well as extra characters for hauling, mining and many other applications. Based on our EULA and Policies we would like to clarify that multiboxing is allowed.

Input Automation

Input Automation refers to actions that are commonly also referred to as botting or macroing. This term is used to describe, but is not limited to, the automation of actions which have consequences in the EVE universe.

Input Broadcasting & Input Multiplexing

Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing refer to the multiplication of inputs, actions and events to multiple instances of the game.

Going Forward

As of 15th of March 2013 we have been policing input automation based on a two-strike policy

• 1st strike for input automation is a 30 day ban
• 2nd strike for input automation is a permanent ban

Input Automation remains strictly prohibited, and is policed under our suspension and ban policy.

Based on the discussion in this area and our will to be more clear and concise with the community regarding this part of our rules, we have decided to also apply this two-strike policy to prohibited forms of Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing as of January 1st 2015.

We would like to add, however, that we will not be taking action retroactively and will only be policing this policy as of January 1st, 2015.

Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing of actions with consequences in the EVE universe, are prohibited and will be policed in the same manner as Input Automation.

This includes, but isn’t limited to:

• Activation and control of ships and modules
• Navigation and movement within the EVE universe
• Movement of assets and items within the EVE universe
• Interaction with other characters

Examples of allowed Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing are actions taken that do not have an impact on the EVE universe and are carried out for convenience:

• EVE Online client settings
• Window positions and arrangements (of the EVE Online client in your operating system’s desktop environment)
• The login process

NOTE: Please keep in mind that using the same password for multiple accounts as well as storing your password in a third party tool or script which helps you to automate the login process can increase the risk of account theft and hacking drastically. It is strongly recommended that you do not engage in this type of activity.

We are closely monitoring all game events for suspicious activity suggesting illicit behaviors, including Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing.

We would like to clarify that it does not matter how Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing are being done, whether through use of software or modified hardware. Our only concern is regarding how it is being used in the EVE universe.

If you are uncertain about your Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing use-case, please get in contact with us, as we would prefer to work with members of the community to come to an amicable resolution. We will also follow up this statement with further clarifications if needed, based on questions and concerns from the community.

TL:DR :

Starting from 01.01.2015 the use of Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing is limited to activities which do not impact the Eve universe. For more details please refer to the entirety of this announcement.

CCP Falcon || EVE Universe Community Manager || @CCP_Falcon

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Ama Scelesta
#2 - 2014-11-25 16:10:06 UTC
RIP ISBoxer?
Samsara Toldya
Academy of Contradictory Behaviour
#3 - 2014-11-25 16:15:22 UTC
Christmas is early this year it seems! Big smile
Valterra Craven
#4 - 2014-11-25 16:15:59 UTC  |  Edited by: Valterra Craven
Interesting. Given that this is a new policy and one that might be hard to communicate to players at large, are you going to go soft with people the first few months and give them written warnings before you adopt your other policy?
Fonac
Imperial Academy
Amarr Empire
#5 - 2014-11-25 16:16:36 UTC  |  Edited by: Fonac
So is-boxer is banned?

edit: I Honestly dont care about is-boxer or what it can do, since i've never used it, or met anyone who uses it. But the OP is not very clear on it.
Darkblad
Doomheim
#6 - 2014-11-25 16:16:55 UTC
I wonder if wonders really happen.


Seems like they do. Wonderful!

NPEISDRIP

Ghenghis Kralj
Static-Noise
Upholders
#7 - 2014-11-25 16:17:51 UTC
Ama Scelesta wrote:
RIP ISBoxer?


for the most part?
Zara Arran
V0LTA
WE FORM V0LTA
#8 - 2014-11-25 16:18:00 UTC
+1
Steve Ronuken
Fuzzwork Enterprises
Vote Steve Ronuken for CSM
#9 - 2014-11-25 16:20:10 UTC
Fonac wrote:
So is-boxer is banned?

edit: I Honestly dont care about is-boxer or what it can do, since i've never used it, or met anyone who uses it. But the OP is not very clear on it.



isboxer isn't banned. Some of the things isboxer can do are banned.

Woo! CSM XI!

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Destoya
Habitual Euthanasia
Pandemic Legion
#10 - 2014-11-25 16:20:48 UTC
Tears incoming
Corey Lean
No Vacancies
No Vacancies.
#11 - 2014-11-25 16:21:23 UTC
This is a good change and can only lead to a healthier game. Much courage, much respect Smile
Querns
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#12 - 2014-11-25 16:21:24 UTC
Glad to see some positions finally being taken in this matter. Indecision in this matter was always way more damning than the actual resolution, in my opinion. My respect goes to CCP Falcon and any other individuals involved in taking a position here.

This post was crafted by the wormhole expert of the Goonswarm Economic Warfare Cabal, the foremost authority on Eve: Online economics and gameplay.

Capri Sun KraftFoods
Hard Knocks Inc.
Hard Knocks Citizens
#13 - 2014-11-25 16:21:39 UTC
As someone who actually ISBox's bombers I'm a little upset.

The problem isn't ISBoxer. The problem is that bombs as they currently stand are completely broken Sure isboxer exacerbates the problem significantly, but you can still get 30 dudes into a fleet easily and go kill anything with 4 waves that isn't a T3 or a faction battleship. I'd be happy to see my bomber accounts become useless and de-sub them if it meant I didn't have to worry about getting hell bombed every other fleet.
Capqu
Half Empty
skill urself
#14 - 2014-11-25 16:21:41 UTC
Tineoidea Asanari
Free-Space-Ranger
Northern Coalition.
#15 - 2014-11-25 16:22:05 UTC
CCP Falcon - I love you (and CCP)

Thanks for drawing a sharp line where we know what is allowed and what is not.
War Kitten
Panda McLegion
#16 - 2014-11-25 16:22:21 UTC
Interesting....

I don't judge people by their race, religion, color, size, age, gender, or ethnicity. I judge them by their grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation, clarity of expression, and logical consistency.

Capqu
Half Empty
skill urself
#17 - 2014-11-25 16:22:46 UTC  |  Edited by: ISD Ezwal
Capri Sun KraftFoods wrote:
As someone who actually ISBox's bombers I'm a little upset.

The problem isn't ISBoxer. The problem is that bombs as they currently stand are completely broken Sure isboxer exacerbates the problem significantly, but you can still get 30 dudes into a fleet easily and go kill anything with 4 waves that isn't a T3 or a faction battleship. I'd be happy to see my bomber accounts become useless and de-sub them if it meant I didn't have to worry about getting hell bombed every other fleet.


LOL

*Snip* Please refrain from personal attacks. ISD Ezwal.
Mr Omniblivion
GoonWaffe
Goonswarm Federation
#18 - 2014-11-25 16:23:04 UTC
RIP those 20 accounts, mining sucks anyways.
DragonHelm III
Native Freshfood
Minmatar Republic
#19 - 2014-11-25 16:23:09 UTC  |  Edited by: DragonHelm III
CCP FoxFour wrote:
Ama Scelesta wrote:
RIP ISBoxer?


ISBoxer has some great uses outside of it's broadcasting functions. So maybe, but probably not.

For god's sake CCP stop all the bluster and give a straight answer

ISBOXER banned or not? It just needs a yes or no

All this crap about terms like Input Broadcasting and Input Multiplexing mean squat to me as I have no idea what they are.
Citricioni
#20 - 2014-11-25 16:23:12 UTC
@ISBoxers thats a CCP Falcon punch in your face :'D
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