Companies, like people, are not perfect. Over the weekend ArenaNet made a comment that there were several players that had managed to reach level 80 because of an issue in a dynamic event. This allowed for players to, in essence, farm the event and gain a considerable amount of experience in a short period of time.
When Surfeuze was then the first character to report reaching level 80 it was assumed that he had used this method and that it was not legitimate because of this exploit. However, Mike O’Brien posted on reddit this morning that that was not the case, and apologized for their previous claims. He said,
As you may have read, Surfeuze was the first character to reach level 80, racing there in only 32 hours during the headstart period.
I’d like to apologize for writing an earlier comment that cast doubt on his accomplishment. At the same time Surfeuze was racing to level 80, we were tracking and talking with other players who were racing toward 80 as well, using a technique that really shouldn’t be that lucrative and that we’re making changes to fix. We believed one of those players would be first to 80, and when Surfeuze posted of his accomplishment, I mistakenly thought he was a player who had used that technique.
In fact he wasn’t. Surfeuze played normal PvE content to level 60, although obviously racing past everything he could, and then leveled from 60 to 80 through crafting. His secret weapon was his strong team supplying him with crafting materials. That allowed him to jump ahead of everyone else in those last 20 levels.
So congratulations to Surfeuze, legitimately the first player to reach level 80.
Congratulations Surfeuze on being the first level 80 player!
When it comes to names and offensive behavior, Mike also posted about some of the rules and regulations:
We want to clear up some of the confusion about GW2 name and behavior suspensions. To keep Guild Wars 2 a pleasant place to be, we take action against racist names, hate speech, and other unacceptable behavior. We have suspended some accounts involved in the use of offensive character names or inappropriate chat. The number of account blocks is miniscule: less than .001% of our total player base.
There is more valuable information to be found in the reddit post here.