if you look at the kind of things that these bots do, it turns out that the bots are not a symptom of bad players, but of a bad game
yes, it's so bad that people pay their monthly fees and spend thousands of hours leveling their characters. just a terrible game indeed.
And this doesn't hurt other players at all
wrong. MMOs are all about your place respective to other players. how do you think it makes the non-cheating customers feel if they spend 5000 hours leveling their character but someone else does it in 10 hours of screen time with a bot? you think it makes the vast majority of paying customers feel good about the game? like they want to keep devoting their precious time and money?
this is nothing more than keeping the vast majority of the paying customer base happy. and yeah, it's a money grab because as soon as the average person feels the game is overrun with bots, they stop paying.