Lost Ark‘s next weekly update, arriving tomorrow, is making use of Steam’s trusted account features in order to fight bots. Steam accounts that have lost – or have not yet earned – the platform’s ‘trusted’ status are losing access to a number of features as part of an effort to block the bots that are currently crowding the game.
New Steam accounts are classified as ‘limited‘ until that account makes a purchase of at least $5 USD from the Steam store. Until then, those limited accounts are restricted from using most of the platform’s social features, as part of Valve’s effort to prevent fraud on Steam. Now, the Lost Ark devs are using that same feature to battle bots in the MMO.
As of this weekly update, Lost Ark players with limited Steam accounts will no longer be able to initiate player-to-player trades, though trade requests can still be accepted. They’ll also no longer be able to send in-game gifts, exchange Royal Crystals for gold, or send in-game mail with attachments.