Over the past few days I posted a few articles and community posts about cheating on Empire Avenue missions. The responses were great and it is apparent that a lot of people have an opinion about the subject. Today, I want to talk about a few things that seem to be misunderstood by some readers of my posts.
What is cheating on missions
When I talk about cheating on missions, I don’t mean those that made a mistake on a mission once or twice in three month. I much more talk about people that sit there and “take” missions with the intent just to take the eaves and not following through on their end. They are taking 10-20 missions in a row and none is completed. I also talk about people that take my missions without completing them, repeatedly, almost day after day. Funny enough that both types of cheaters show up in both groups. By the way, I also send messages and ask if there was a problem. I have sent up to three messages to some hard-core cheaters and haven’t gotten a response to it. 2 or 3 actually bought my shares without a comment. You make your own conclusion out of that.
Some readers have excused not following through on a missions with disagreement of the post they have to “like” re-tweet and promote. My advice to people that have limits in what they are willing to promote is, check the mission and make sure you are willing to follow through. If it happens to you, leave a comment for the guy that offers the mission. If you take the eaves and don’t do anything, you look like a mission snatcher. How is the person that offers the mission supposed to know what your problem is?
Some people take issue with the reward that is offered for a certain mission. If you find that in a mission, why don’t you just leave it alone? It is the same thing as above, if you believe the reward is too low, don’t take the eaves. If you do, you are cheating.
Don’t bother, it is not real money, or it is only “Monopoly” money
This is probably the biggest misunderstanding out there. I got quite a number of responses that argued with this. It is important to understand why this is not true and here is why we are rather talking about real money and investment:
- For the first reason I take myself as an example. For me to run missions, I had to upgrade. I needed to be able to invest in more people and I needed to be able to buy more shares in people. Buying missions costs eaves. There are two ways to get eaves: Buying them or buy upgrades to get more daily dividends. With that, I spent real dollars in order to participate in missions and I am sure many other people did the same thing. Besides, if you go to the shop, there is a price in real dollars established for eaves. Take a look. If someone just for fun takes $0.50 from you every day, would you like it?
- The second example is Empire Avenue itself. EA is a business. The missions are a valuable tool in their business model. That fact alone makes it “a real dollar issue”. EA is looking for companies and businesses that use this service to promote, run marketing campaigns and do other stuff with the missions. If the mission cheating doesn’t stop, or at least can’t be kept in close borders, this business tool and opportunity will eventually die. Think about eBay when they started out. Some “smart” buyers wanted to see what they are buying and some sellers sent it to them. The buyers didn’t pay, and the seller complained with eBay. Legally, eBay had no problem, but not policing it would have killed the platform. Anyway, I am not EA and this is their problem, but when you talk about “not real money” you are far off.
Since the word “Monopoly” money was mentioned, think about it. If you play with someone Monopoly and this person takes your money and cheats on a regular basis, would you play much longer?
Calling out the cheaters
I am considering to call the cheaters out. I have created a page on my blog where I will publish the ladies and gentleman that don’t take it very serious with other peoples stuff. I will do that of course only when I can show what happened and if this is an ongoing thing. I ran a mission on Sunday night and asked what people think about making this information public. Here you can read some of the opinions: Empire Avenue Kleptomaniacs
In addition to publishing this issue, I have started to advice the cheaters in my missions that I will call them out. The result is that the numbers have clearly improved. That I was called rude for this leaves me relatively cold. I see this as rather fair advice. I could call them out without a warning. At least there is a chance for a choice to make.
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