To be more accurate the T&C state the following
(5) The user is only entitled to use the game via customary web browsers. Any additionaluse via additional programs, scripts or other supporting tools is expressly prohibited.
When it comes to external sites the follow also apply
- Use of legally protected pictures, photos, graphics, videos, pieces of music, sounds, texts, brand names, titles, names, software or other contents without the consent of the holder(s) of the rights or having permission to do so by law or legal provision.
- Taking measures which lead to an overload of the servers and/or can considerably adversely affect the game play for other users.
- Hacking or cracking and the encouragement or incitement to carry out hacking or cracking.
- Uploading of files containing viruses, Trojan horses, worms or destroyed data.
- Use or dissemination of “auto“ software programs, “macro“ software programs or other “cheat utility“ software programs.
- Modification of the game, the websites of the game or parts thereof.
- Disruption of transmissions from and to the game servers and the website servers of the game.
- Infiltration of game servers or the website servers of the game. .
- Use of software that enables what is referred to as “data mining“ or in any other manner intercepting or gathering information related to the game.
These are part of the T&C as well as make up the Fan Site Policy. If a site complys with the above then it is classed as tolerated IE its permitted but not endorced or supported by TravianGames.
If a site does not comply with the terms and fan site policy then legal action could be taken to close that site, given the cost and time to do so I would imagine only the most serious offenders would be chased and we all know how easy it is to register a new domain name and host content so it would be a never ending battle, but the option is there for TG Legal to apply for take down notices to protect their copyrights, trademarks, designs and intellectual property