Nice, but no. Contrary to popular belief, there are people who don't even use Windower or bots. Like those PS2/XBox players. Or even some of us people on PC's who think people who can't play without cheats aren't worth playing with but worth laughing at for sheer lameness.
Now, would there be fewer PC platform players for a while? Heck yes. If they cheated? Good f-ing riddance to them all, I'm looking forward to it.
You are thinking black and white.
I would bet, if they got rid of every "cheater" they would lose 50% of their player base.
First if you think they would do that, you are very very dumb. about 200k people at 12.95 a month, thats about 31 million dollars they could possible lose.
Now, add to that, the destruction of alot of hnmls, bet on alot of those people quitting, even the innocent once because alot of their friends are gone.
Now take in account how hard it is to find members to party with at low lvls with the right type of jobs "see is ffxi dying thread" Now more people quit, and no new players that last because of how hard it is to get anywhere because of lack of players.
Now, SE is at a point, do they keep it going with only say 200k users, if that, or do they fold it up and put resources somewhere else.
If anyone thinks is a good thing to just out and ban every cheater, you need to take a course in buisness or economics. It aint going to happen, ever. Becuase SE isnt going to do the "morale" thing and lose possible 10's of millions of dollars.
the game is beyond repair imo, if they are too harsh it can destroy the game, if they arent harsh it could destroy the game.
they came to the plate way to late in this game to step up, 4 years before they put a special task force together? wth, should have been done in first 2 years.