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Diablo III bans strike “several thousand” cheaters

Wednesday, 13th June 2012 01:54 GMT By Brenna Hillier

So remember how Blizzard said it would begin issuing Diablo III bans “in the near future”? Thousands of players have already experienced this firsthand.

“We recently issued a round of account suspensions and bans to several thousand Diablo III players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing,” the publisher said in a statement.

“In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play that’s essential to everyone’s enjoyment of the game, botting, hacking, and other such exploitive behavior can contribute to stability and performance issues with the Battle.net service.

“As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and fun online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.”

Diablo III’s always-on DRM means players who receive bans are completely locked out of the game.

Welp. We warned you.

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12 Comments

  1. HauntaVirus

    Forget “suspensions”, just perma-ban on first offense.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    I wonder how many of these so-called “cheaters” were using completely benign and harmless client mods, like the DarkDiablo filter, which does nothing other than change the aesthetics of the game?

    That’s the problem with ham-fisted approaches like this. But… ham-fisted kind of defines Blizzard. Eloquence and grace they do not do.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. HauntaVirus

    The specifics are irrelevant, its all against the terms.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Ireland Michael

    @2 That isn’t even a mod. It’s altering filters used by your graphics card, nothing else.

    Nobody is going to get banned for using some benign stuff like this. People are just being paranoid.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. qazwsx

    Only a dickhead nerd cheats on a video game.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Logic Incarnate

    @3 But are the terms in the “spirit” of the community.

    One of the great things about a game like Skyrim is the crazy mods the community comes out with. Now with mandatory server connections, someone just wanting to have fun with their game will be in the same bucket as someone actively stealing from other players.

    I guess Blizzard is making a console version of Diablo 3 – It is out now on PCs everywhere.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Talkar

    @2 Here you go troll
    https://twitter.com/angryrobotics/status/201726183740686336

    #7 3 years ago
  8. back_up

    PC gamers are cheaters we get it

    #8 3 years ago
  9. viralshag

    Diablo is not Skyrim, so why bother making the comparison. People make out like this is the first PC game not to include mods… The game is fine as it is.

    Get over it.

    @7, Spot on, he is a troll and nothing more. He doesn’t own any Blizz games and yet negatively comments on nearly every Blizz/D3-related story.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. silkvg247

    I don’t understand the d3 economy, with Inferno items are priced higher than anyone can afford. I saw a wep for 250mill the other day, hah! I wonder if some form of hacking led to this.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. OlderGamer

    @10 I wonder the samething. Can people buy gold and use it to buy over priced iteams? Cause that would do it.

    Also does anyone else find it funny how Blizzs other monster game(wow) invites add ons and yet Diablo III add on use will get you banned? Not really funny, guess it is just blizz protecting their real money AH.

    It seems alot of the focus in the games dev was built around that real money AH. Pitty.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Ireland Michael

    @11 You’d be amazed how much time some people would be willing to invest to get things in these.

    Don’t underestimate it, because there will be lots of people to prove it.

    #12 3 years ago

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