What is Account Sharing in Gaming
Account sharing. From Runescape to Halo 3, Its as illegal as it is helpful. The reason companies like Jagex and Bungie don’t want you utilizing this super fast – kid friendly method of furthering yourself in online multiplayer games varies. Read on to find the benefits and risks to account sharing.
So what gives players the urge to do this in the first place? Why because its nearly untraceable of course. Who wouldn’t want to gain exp or rank in their favorite multiplayer game, while they don’t even play? This is similar to botting or modding, but smaller chances of being found out. This obvious benefit is the entire reason account sharing is well known in the first place.
Depending on your opinion, the risks may far outweigh the benefits. While it depends on the game, the consequences for account sharing can make you not want to go anywhere near it. With many games, you can be warned, temporarily banned, permanently banned or banned from Xbox Live for Xbox games and the entire site altogether for online games. As said before, this is very hard for large games to find, and not focused on greatly due to bigger and badder problems in game. With that said, the game owner may choose to implement the worst consequences for this type of rule-break.
Can there possibly be benefits to outdo the consequences? Well in some gamers opinions, certainly. If two players work on one account instead of one, the speed of progress in the game is doubled. If three, it’s tripled. Four quadrupled and so on and so forth. If this weren’t enough to get you to account share, consider money. If a member account on Runescape or Gold Xbox Live membership account is shared, and the membership is renewed yearly, then the different people can save money by taking turns purchasing the membership. In the mind of a company, this is money going down the drain. Why should four people be allowed to play as a member for the price of one? This is partially why they are so anti-sharing.
So what could be as bad as your account being permanently banned? Any non-trustable person who is sharing the account. This can result in your being stolen, and no one wants this. You can avoid this by being in close communication with the people you share with. E-mail, Facebook, My Space, and other things like that are NOT enough. Knowing them personally and seeing them at least weekly is good, as this will lessen the chances of them stealing your shared account. If they are trusting, a cell phone number is good enough. There is nothing wrong with buying the first membership on the account, as long as the methods to recover it if it is stolen are set up for you.
Why, some might ask then, do multiplayer gaming companies feel so strongly about account sharing? Maybe they feel worried for your safety, and don’t want you to be scammed. Maybe they don’t want you to have an unfair advantage against the other players (most of which who bot, scam, or got there account from someone else.) Or maybe, just maybe, they care nothing of your safety, your in game advantages, and care for nothing but money. This isn’t too unlikely, considering the companies sell upgraded version from playing for free.
Whether or not you account share is entirely up to you, but keep in mind the consequences. So enjoy account sharing or don’t, the choice is yours.