There are 3 things that seem to be the major death of mmorpgs, and that is either lack of content, extreme p2w mechanics/ cashgrab, and hacking/bots. The first one is due to having nothing to do, the other 2 are to the feeling that your efforts in games aren't worth a damn because there are much easier ways to get gains without putting in all the hard work. I personally have 0 motivation to grind or even make money in this game because honestly, the communication about recent events have now put the entire game in question. When things are as prevalent and in your face like this without public responses it absolutely kills all sense of competition. First there is an influx of players with ill gotten gains that will be competing against you directly and in a very gear heavy game this can absolutely destroy competition at the top. The second is the concern about the people who already have top gear or are working to progress through a majority of their pens. Anytime you see someone with major gear they will now be suspect. In a game that is supposed to be competitive with high gear progression how do you stay motivated to put in countless hours of work into your character? How do you stay motivated when you have little faith or trust in both the publisher and the developer?