Today the legit players lost a valuable tool to the botters once again. The German news section has an announcement up that states that the Gateway will be shut down permanently. The international news is expected to be released later today. This is the result of an ongoing internal discussion about the Gateway that started with taking it down two weeks ago.
The news states that the devs couldn’t stop the bots abusing it and they are unwilling to continue to invest major resources into the fight. Additionally the botting activity did cause performance issues on both the gateway and the game servers. Players will be compensated with a Mini Apparatus of Gond companion. It’s not yet decided how to reintroduce the SCA Companion Gear to the game.