Vote2Win In Maplestory Private Servers
If you play any Vote2Win Maplestory Private Servers I am sure that you are well acquainted with the following scene:
A little bit of background info
Currently, the way that Maplestory Private Servers are ranked is based on how many people “vote” for the server on GTOP. The more people that vote for your server, the higher the server is ranked. In order to encourage people to vote, Maplestory Private Servers often give players in game rewards for voting. Typically players can vote 1 time per unique IP address per day (as per GTOP rules).
The definition of Vote2Win
Vote2Win is what people call a server when the rewards for voting are extremely high. Basically, you can win by just voting and not actually playing the server, since you make so many mesos by just voting.
Why Vote2Win becomes problematic
Inherently there isn’t anything wrong with voting and getting free nexon cash (unless you think it is uncompetitive to gain anything outside of in game actions). However, the problem with Vote2Win is the incentives it creates.
As a player, you are incentivized to vote as many times as possible to get as much nexon cash as possible. Some people try to abuse the voting system by voting on multiple different accounts and abuse VPN to get a unique IP address for each vote. This becomes problematic because the vote abusers get an unfair advantage over other players who do not vote abuse. Essentially, we get the same problem that Pay2Win inherently creates.
A player who just abuses the vote system and does not play would end up with a far superior character than someone who doesn’t abuse the vote system but instead works hard training their character by playing the game.
The Ad Hoc Solution
To counter vote abusers, most Vote2Win servers make the act of commiting vote abuse (which is voting on more than 1 account per 24 hours) a bannable offense. Which means that if you get caught vote abusing, these maplestory private servers will attempt to stop you from playing on their server.
Unfortunately this solution doesn’t work out too well in practice because people can employ sneaky tactics to hide their vote abuse and reap the enormous benefits. Furthermore, permanently banning players isn’t a viable solution because players can once again employ sneaky tactics to hide their identity.
Essentially, the Vote2Win system that most servers use is extremely abusable and makes gameplay less competitive and fair.
The Vote2Win Trap
Unfortunately, a lot of maplestory private servers are stuck between a rock and a hard place when it comes to addressing Vote2Win. It is in the servers best interest to reward players for voting because when players vote, the server’s rank increases (which attracts more players, and thus more money for the server).
If a maplestory private server does not properly reward voting, players will vote less, making the servers rank drop. As a result, most of the Vote2Win servers are forced to use the sub-optimal solution of trying to ban vote abusers while letting the sneaky players who don’t get caught make the server less competitive.
A better way to address Vote2Win
The ideal solution to Vote2Win is to prevent the system from being abused in the first place. The main reason that the Vote2Win system is abusable is that players can profit from voting on many different accounts.
So the best way to fix the system is to make it so that people cannot profit from vote abusing. There are multiple ways to achieve this – from removing items from cash shop all the way to making everything that you can obtain from voting untradable. Of the two solutions I think the best one is to simply make everything untradable because then players are still incentivized to vote for their server.
Even if the rewards from voting are untradable, the rewards can still be a strong enough incentive for players to vote on their main account and keep there servers rank intact.
If this is done, then you can simply let players vote abuse all they want and not have to worry about rules that are difficult to enforce. If players cannot profit from vote abusing, then doing so doesn’t make the server less fair or competitive.
The Vote2Win system is too easily abused and makes Vote2Win servers significantly less fair and competitive. Vote2Win servers can fix this by making it so that vote abuse isn’t profitable.