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Blizzard Bans Cheaters on Diablo III

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Following a statement release that they will ban any cheaters on Diablo III last Monday, it seems that Blizzard has issued a number of account suspensions to thousands of game violators today. As posted on the game’s forum site by a community manager:

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. 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.

Cheats and Hack Issues on Blizzard Games

The news came into the heels of a recent report that Diablo III gamers need to use an authenticator before using the Real Money Auction House. Blizzard added that if a user is caught cheating in any form, then he can be banned from the game permanently. That could be $60 put to waste, as the game doesn’t have an offline version.

That’s why it is important to play any game fair and square. As Blizzard posted on its official blog:

Playing Diablo III legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for Battle.net and Diablo III, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid any hacks, cheats, bots, or exploits.

Since its release, Diablo III has encountered a significant number of account hacks. Players were reporting stolen gold and virtual items. Although Blizzard claims that only a small percentage of accounts have been compromised, one hacker claimed last week that about 10,000 accounts were stolen through traditional method alone.

He also added that he makes approximately 4 million-worth of virtual gold per hour using infiltrated accounts. However, the unnamed hacker pointed out in an interview that he just wants Blizzard to update its security protocol called Warden. The update would enable the game publisher and developers to weed out small-time gold farmers and bots that are taking away his profit.

Diablo III Patch 1.0.2C

Prior to this, Blizzard also released Diablo III’s patch 1.0.2C in the Americas yesterday. The update includes the Real Money Auction House, as well as number of bug fixes for several crashes that gamers encounter whenever they click on player-generated item links in the game client.

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