I’ve talked about it quite some times now. Scopely and their investors are worried about profits. As long as the cash keeps flowing they aren’t worried about it.
People who hack/cheat are more often than not small/casual spenders or “f2p”. Big whales still drive the cash to Scopely’s pockets.
If they ban those hackers, there won’t be many impact in the grand scheme of things. It’s not that they encourage, because they don’t. It says right there on their ToS. They simply don’t care, plain and simple.
They can still pull things like the RTS tokens to get money from little spenders and boost their profits. So, why should they care?
People only point out VK because many are guilty of exploiting the game one way or another (which is also a bannable offense according to the ToS). Yes, the airplane mode thing is also ban worthy. And yet there’s radio silence about it.
So, as I said if they were 100% strict about their ToS, more than half of the player base would be gone and the game would have died long ago.
I myself never felt the need to cheat, but I don’t blame those who went to VK to buy stuff from them. I don’t agree because of my standards but I understand why they do it. Many are players tired of getting screwed by Scopely time after time. They just want their money’s worth.
Scopely officially has the power to put VK and other hackers out of business. If they offer the same thing as the hackers for a reasonable price, people would pounce on it.
But Scopely prefers to continue to apply the same dirty tactics over and over.