Edited by: Akita T on 05/02/2010 10:23:20
The semi-official position was that even trying to enforce this rule for people in the same household would be pointless.
So "in-house" account sharing, while somewhat frowned upon, is never actually punished.
Get out of the same household, and things can start to get nasty depending on how the situation is handled by the players.
Anyway account sharing alone in general is really only punished when particularly egregious instances of it happen, and even that not always... remember the "cynonet" scandal of old, for instance ?
Do you think all accounts involved got banned ?
And there are many grades of account sharing...
...on one extreme, it's one thing to keep an account "alive AND ACTIVE" 23/7 by sharing it with one or more people while gathering large amounts of ISK on it (which is a VERY BAD thing for CCP all by itself... and even worse if that sharing is used to fuel a RMT op, in which case a ban is eventually guaranteed either way)
...and one the opposite extreme, it's a completely different thing to "babysit" a friend's account without incidents and with good intentions
while not earning any ISK on it at all (which is actually a GOOD THING FOR CCP
, and they would be crazy to actively pursue punishment for it)
So, yeah, I would argue that some instances of account sharing are actually beneficial to CCP. Not a lot of them, but some. You know, case-by-case scenarios and all that jazz.
Household sharing, while not beneficial to CCP, is sadly as good as unenforceable, so don't expect them to do anything about it unless one of the household sharers slips up and does something else stupid to break the EULA in some other way.
In both cases, CCP would have no good reason to punish it because it doesn't really hurt them all that much.
Good thing that the EULA lists things CCP is likely
to punish you for (if they so choose), not must/will
punish you for (yes, they can just ignore you even if you infringe the EULA, if it's in their best interest to let you break it).
P.S. Then again, in the EULA, CCP reserves the right to simply ban your account FOR NO REASON WHATSOEVER
, you don't even have to break the EULA to get a ban.