Other measures that the developer may be looking at as punishments for RWT activities consist of wealth removal - basically taking away gains made by players' accounts at the server level OSRS Gold, as well as potential bans.
RuneScape's PvP feature, which is known as"the Duel Arena, will also have stricter rules in place. Jagex states that the feature "has been a flashpoint for this kind of toxic behavior" and that 38 percent from all banned players for RWT games to date stem from this element to the gameplay. Jagex says this is equivalent to "thousands of bans every month".
In the end, the developer seems to be taking the nuclear option, saying "we're looking in the long-term for phasing out in the Duel Arena out of RuneScape entirely." In the meantime it will put in place "some small-scale steps" to clean up PvP "until our development teams can deliver a major update that fully takes over the Duel Arena next year."
This will come with a limit on the amount of GP (or gold points) and players will be able to stake an event in the Duel Arena. Players can wager "no higher than $50m GP per duel". Further rules have not been defined yet.
Jagex says that "a brand new experience that'll form part of the Elder God Wars storyline" will replace Duel Arena beginning in 2022 However, no additional details have been provided yet.
While the impact of these changes is yet to be judged but they are the most robust measures any studio has attempted to combat external abuse of its systems in pursuit of real-world cash-flow. If they are successful, similar steps could be seen across the MMO market in the near future.
Jagex have announced, after 18 years of being the battleground for PvP, Duel Arena will be being removed from RuneScape and a new zone to be created Cheap RuneScape Gold. RuneScape is scheduled to unveil Het's Oasis and a brand new setting, new ways to earn skills and two new mini-quests for players to try.