Update: A player-run nightclub in Final Fantasy 14 has taken down billboards advertising an upcoming in-game event in Texas following a public backlash.
One of Rain’s moderators explains on Discord that the decision was made out of “respect” and that the team’s intentions were “not an issue.” [to] disturbing other communities, but spreading the RP event to a larger audience that might be interested in joining, otherwise ignores normal spam ads.”
speaking news.com.au (opens in new tab)the team further clarifies that no one has been banned and that they have not heard from Square Enix at the time of writing.
Images of the billboards quickly spread across social media earlier this week, sparking concerns of an apparent violation of the terms of service. Not only is Final Fantasy 14’s logo included, but one of the characters is wearing what appears to be material from an upcoming event and has a hairstyle you can only get through modding. In addition, players found that Rain in Final Fantasy 14 offered an erotic role-playing game that was not overtly advertised on the billboard, although not unusual.
Square Enix usually allows ERP as long as it is private and consent (opens in new tab)producer Naoki Yoshida warned players modify their symbols or data mining data (opens in new tab). While some sections of the community were not fans of the billboard stunt, others were concerned that it might cause the developer to push the mod further. Given the situation, players usually use mods to change the appearance of their character – whether it’s a certain hairstyle or wearing a special outfit.
Original story: Final Fantasy 14 players go to great lengths to promote their in-game parties, with some using real-life billboards.
As can be seen twitter (opens in new tab)and covers news.com.au (opens in new tab), a number of billboards across the US are currently advertising an in-game party for Final Fantasy 14 players that will take place on July 9th. The billboards are apparently located in Austin and Houston, Texas, and are more likely to go away. today they live in other places like California. All advertising was organized and paid for by the owners of Rain virtual nightclub.
A photo of one of these billboards was shared by Twitter user @AbyssalFel who said: “July 9th 9pm EST Rain Nightclub is having a beach party! It’s our biggest night and my character Akiva Balthazar is the Hype Host! Retweet this and get the word out stream please!! There’s even a LIVE BILLBOARD!!” The billboards read “Rain Nightclub presents summer bash,” along with the date of the event and details of a Discord server for those interested in attending.
according to the answer (opens in new tab) According to @AbyssalFel’s tweet, the billboards didn’t actually cost that much to rent, meaning it was totally worth it for the exposure this particular party and Final Fantasy 14 nightclub would now get. Although only Final Fantasy 14 players will know the gist of the ad.
In case you didn’t know, Final Fantasy 14’s nightclubs are the real deal. Often run by select players or groups of players, clubs typically employ other players, such as bartenders, dancers, and DJs, in exchange for in-game currency. So even though they only take place in the world of Final Fantasy 14, a lot of work goes into managing them, hence the importance of billboards.
Elsewhere, Final Fantasy 14 players created a human blockade to block access to the infamous role-playing game server – yes, the same one on which the billboard house is based.
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