Diablo III bans strike “several thousand” cheaters

Wednesday, 13 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.