Jagex makes use of Botwatch – the software used to detect the accounts that have been using in-game bots. It is able to go through the accounts and determine if they are using botting software or not. Botwatch carefully monitors the actions of accounts to determine whether they display human behavior or not. Many other checks take place for determining whether the Runescape game is being played using the official Jagex client or not.
Botwatch has banned many players directly because they were involved in unfair practices for mining Runecape gold or Runescape 2007 gold or even OSRS gold. Botwatch is the first automated banning system implemented in Runescape and according to Jagex, it guarantees to filter out the cheaters and hackers from the game.
In September of 2012, Jagex released a new preliminary code to Runescape which resulted in the spam bots starting to explore before getting banned. The bots performed two animations once they were caught
- Gasping for their break and then choking before falling over in a dramatic style
- Glowing before a fireball starts burning from the inside and kills them before making them explore