Sadly no, but I just can't help being reminded of Aion when it launched over here. Though I imagine the botting and stuff isn't nearly as bad as it was in Aion. I just get a bad feeling while reading your little report here, because all the botting and whatnot really made me angry when I used to play Aion, especially the fact that almost nothing was done about it until much later on. Still...can't imagine SE will handle the situation with the same lack of competence.
We'll see, I guess. Can only hope for the best...
Well... I can tell you this much. All games have RMT, but it is more about how the devs try to deal with it. Some turn a blind eye to it, some take a hardline stance, some fall somewhere between the two.
NCSoft has always taken a very soft stance on this activity in their games. I do not think it is that they do not care, but I think they just do not have the knowledge or perhaps resources to fight it effectively. That or they feel that player demand is the reason RMT, bots, etc. exist so maybe they turn a blind eye to it. Aion, Lineage 1 and 2, and all other NCSoft games have tons of RMT, bots, cheats, and tons of people play most of them anyway.
Blizzard seems to take the middle road. They condone it, fight it somewhat, but then they also go out of their way to profit from the activities of RMT since they know that they can never completely eliminate it.
Square Enix, in FFXI, took a pretty hard line against this. Sure, they can be a little slow to move sometimes, but when they do they will move in big ways. 10-20k players banned overnight, etc. They already stated that they blocked all of China's IP range on the JP/NA/EU servers and will make separate servers just for China. They created the Special Task Force during FFXI and this groups entire purpose is to sniff out RMT, Cheats, Bots, etc. They do not just ban the players, but the STF unit actively seeks out ways to keep them out, fix the problems that allow them to easily cheat, etc.