Mabinogi, the stylized free-to-play fantasy MMORPG published by Nexon, has been taken offline in South Korea since October 4th. US servers have not been affected by the downtime as of yet. According to a report by South Korean game industry news site This Is Game, Nexon took Mabinogi offline abruptly, notifying players about the downtime only an hour before servers went down.
Nexon admitted that the reason for the unexpected interruption in service was to prevent and combat real money transactions, which have been on the rise as of late. In particular, the company emphasizes an increase in RMT workers and bots. Nexon has launched an investigation on the matter, and servers will be undergoing maintenance to help outroot the problem. The company has also stated that it intends to compensate players for the downtime.
“We have found lots of RMT rising from ‘the workers and auto players’ during [the] last holidays. So we are working on [an] investigation… and proceeding [with] broadscale system maintenance to root it out,” Nexon tells This Is Game.
This is not the first time that Nexon performed unscheduled maintenance in this manner. This Is Game states that the company took servers offline for 12 hours in September for similar reasons (RMT and botting). Nexon banned an estimated 100 accounts then.