We recently launched a new Sale Location option for UGC Limiteds that allows creators to set their items to be acquirable in-experience only. With this, we saw Creators uniquely utilizing avatar items – for example, to power their experiences with prizes or hand out merchandise that is exclusive to an experience.
We received reports that some users are currently using exploits to purchase Limited items without going through the required task to access the item. As we investigate and work on a fix, we are disabling new items from being created with this Sale Location (Experience by Place ID). At the moment, any existing items will remain as is as we investigate further. Please stay tuned for updates.
We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
This is a premature response in my opinion. Why disable the whole thing when you can just disable this for the free items, which are the only ones that will have these exploiting issues?
Also, I’m not sure what can be done about the exploiting issue unless you make it so the client can’t just prompt the purchase like they can with any other item. It’d probably make more sense to create an API for free items only, like :AwardItem() or something, similar to badges.
Thank you for this. We had to come up with some “interesting” solutions for this. I ended up teleporting players to a different game at the end where they were immediately kicked if they didn’t have the connected badge to try to avoid this issue.
I’d be very happy to have a better solution for this! (And hopefully a fix that doesn’t fully get rid of Experience by Place ID exclusive items.)
As someone who used this feature recently today, I am very grateful for its addition. It is a great way to encourage players to try new games & get rewarded for doing so. Very appreciative of the team for working on this & hoping for a quick resolution.
thrilled to see such a quick response to the issue!
there were some hacky workarounds to try to circumvent these exploits but seeing a proper fix is on the way is great! i just hope it doesn’t take too long to push the fix out so those who had already planned these items are able to move forward!
What about the people that were already impacted by this.
For example: We did a community giveaway that had a certain place whitelisted under an experience, however when published it was accessible from the start place and the stock was depleted immediately. The item was obtained way before it was intended and bypassed any steps that were required to gain the item.
I don’t believe that this statement is true. The whole point of people exploiting for UGC limiteds was to cheat the requirements in order to earn the free item OR force the purchase prompt. There is 0 to little evidence of people exploiting to buy paid UGC limiteds.