Blizzard Busts 320,000 in Battle.net Ban

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Blizzard Busts 320,000 in Battle.net Ban

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If you've found yourself suddenly unable to play Diablo 2 or Warcraft 3 on Battle.net, you may may one of the 320,000 users Blizzard has smacked in the face with the banhammer.

One thing you have to say about Blizzard: When they do things, they do them big. MMOGs. Cinematic cut scenes. Publicity campaigns for new games. And bans. Hell, this isn't even a "ban," it's a massacre, a sweeping, Stalinesque purge of the ranks of Battle.net users caught violating the Terms of Use in one way or another. And, much like those Soviet-era liquidations, there's little hope for anyone caught in the net: Those sent to the Gulag on their first offense will be reintegrated into society after 30 days, while repeat offenders are gone for good.

"We would like all players to remember that abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs is a violation of the agreement made when signing on to Battle.net, and can subject your account to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban of its access to the service," Blizzard Community Manager Micah "Bashiok" Whipple wrote in the Diablo 2 forum. "These types of activities can severely impact the stability of our servers, and we'll continue to aggressively monitor Battle.net in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating."

Many of the bans were made as the result of tip-offs from "legitimate" Battle.net users and Bashiok encouraged everyone to continue informing on their neighbors. "If you come across a hack, find a site responsible for distributing hacks, or have a replay of a newly available hack, please report this to our hacks team at hacks@blizzard.com or through our Hacks Report Form," he added.

This isn't the first time Blizzard has lowered the boom on its users: In November 2008 the studio laid the smack down on more than 350,000 Diablo 2 and Starcraft users who were caught using third-party hacks on Battle.net. Apparently, some people just don't learn.

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Bloody hell. That's some rather epic banning there. That hammer must be massive.

Funny coincidence, my World of Warcraft account was compromised by a keylogger yesterday.......wait, that's not funny, it's devastating.

Especially since it means they might have access to my Escapist, my Ebay, and (shit shit shit shit) my Paypal

Ouch but isn't the new battle.net going to be out soon anyway

And the hordes of idiots shouting "BLIZZURD DOSN'T CAER!!!" fell silent. Because they couldn't log in.

Thank God I didn't give in to temptation.

danpascooch:

Especially since it means they might have access to my Escapist, my Ebay, and (shit shit shit shit) my Paypal

Change your E-mail passwords first, then all the others. Have fun!

Thank god no more spam bots in channel

Nimzar:

Andy Chalk:

Many of the bans were made as the result of tip-offs from "legitimate" Battle.net users and Bashiok encouraged everyone to continue informing on their neighbors. "If you come across a hack, find a site responsible for distributing hacks, or have a replay of a newly available hack, please report this to our hacks team at hacks@blizzard.com or through our Hacks Report Form," he added.

Umm... just FYI a system like this was once implemented in East Germany.

Its also used to find and capture child molesters

Blizzard is setting the right example. You got to take a hard line with all of the bullshit nowadays.

I wonder if that includes bots for hosting and banlists and such. I don't use it myself but those kinds of things seem to be alright to me.

Nuclear missile detected anyone? holy crap they banned alot of people fortunately i nvr cheat in online games i see no point

The bad part about this is that they're sweeping everything, not just the bad stuff. I've had to stop using a third-party program whose sole purpose is to reconnect the user after they've lost connection; in other words, it's an unofficial patch for Blizzard's 10-year-old multiplayer code. It can't do anything else. Yet, they'll ban you for using it.

I understand where they're coming from, but maybe they should update those ToS or something. This makes them look plain stupid.

psrdirector:

Nimzar:

Andy Chalk:

Many of the bans were made as the result of tip-offs from "legitimate" Battle.net users and Bashiok encouraged everyone to continue informing on their neighbors. "If you come across a hack, find a site responsible for distributing hacks, or have a replay of a newly available hack, please report this to our hacks team at hacks@blizzard.com or through our Hacks Report Form," he added.

Umm... just FYI a system like this was once implemented in East Germany.

Its also used to find and capture child molesters

And communists in America... and potential school/workplace shooters. The Yanks love a good informant. Look at how they all love Huggy Bear.

I love seeing use of the ban hammer. Those who complain its being used too harshly are normally in denial. Look at the pro video on MW2.

Nimzar:
Umm... just FYI a system like this was once implemented in East Germany.

Really? They had Battle.net in East Germany?

I read this, moved to another article but caught myself humming "It's hammer time", so I came back to share.

Good for Blizzard, I dislike Mods myself, and when playing with other people, using them just makes the playing field uneven and then people don't want to play. I'll use cheats when playing a single player game at times but I will never use anything that would give me an edge over others cause it's nolonger fun for me.

But that's just my two cents

*goes back to whistling the Hammer song*

It's a good thing I don't play these games then :P

Andy Chalk:

Nimzar:
Umm... just FYI a system like this was once implemented in East Germany.

Really? They had Battle.net in East Germany?

Duh, looks like someone didn't go to school for history.

bjj hero:

psrdirector:

Nimzar:

Andy Chalk:

Many of the bans were made as the result of tip-offs from "legitimate" Battle.net users and Bashiok encouraged everyone to continue informing on their neighbors. "If you come across a hack, find a site responsible for distributing hacks, or have a replay of a newly available hack, please report this to our hacks team at hacks@blizzard.com or through our Hacks Report Form," he added.

Umm... just FYI a system like this was once implemented in East Germany.

Its also used to find and capture child molesters

And communists in America... and potential school/workplace shooters. The Yanks love a good informant. Look at how they all love Huggy Bear.

I love seeing use of the ban hammer. Those who complain its being used too harshly are normally in denial. Look at the pro video on MW2.

:P i was more mentioning that informing on people for some sort of authority can also be done for good, and not just evil :P

Bloodeye:
Bloody hell. That's some rather epic banning there. That hammer must be massive.

No not massive,
They just have the hammer of THOR
OT: Mind you if your gunna cheat you can't complain

psrdirector:

:P i was more mentioning that informing on people for some sort of authority can also be done for good, and not just evil :P

You don't have to tell me. I'd dob my next door neighbor in as a Montenegrin War Criminal for a Pot noodle and a packet of Monster munch.

The only appropriate thing to say here is:

STOP! HAMMER TIME!

bjj hero:

psrdirector:

:P i was more mentioning that informing on people for some sort of authority can also be done for good, and not just evil :P

You don't have to tell me. I'd dob my next door neighbor in as a Montenegrin War Criminal for a Pot noodle and a packet of Monster munch.

I have no clue what on earth monster munch is....

Well, if they were using hacks I guess they deserved it.

Ok, thanks for the news Andy Chalk, whoever you are.

Rainboq:
The only appropriate thing to say here is:

STOP! HAMMER TIME!

Haha, that is indeed the best quote for this situation!

jamesworkshop:
Ouch but isn't the new battle.net going to be out soon anyway

It all works with the same user access cloud, if you have a battle.net account today, it will be the same one for 'new' battle.net. Whether you have SC2 registered to that account is a different story.

psrdirector:
I have no clue what on earth monster munch is....

The food of Kings
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It gives me a warm feeling whenever cheats get banned.

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psrdirector:
I have no clue what on earth monster munch is....

The food of Kings
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It gives me a warm feeling whenever cheats get banned.

That looks weird, pickled onion? never heard of the company, but now i have an image to put with it. for some reason seems british to me

CuddlyCombine:
The bad part about this is that they're sweeping everything, not just the bad stuff. I've had to stop using a third-party program whose sole purpose is to reconnect the user after they've lost connection; in other words, it's an unofficial patch for Blizzard's 10-year-old multiplayer code. It can't do anything else. Yet, they'll ban you for using it.

I understand where they're coming from, but maybe they should update those ToS or something. This makes them look plain stupid.

They're sweeping TOS violations. Using an external third-party application which directly interacts with the game is a TOS violation.

If they don't go after ALL of them, then they have no legal standing to go after ANY of them.

That's not so much a ban HAMMER as a ban NUKE

psrdirector:

bjj hero:

psrdirector:

:P i was more mentioning that informing on people for some sort of authority can also be done for good, and not just evil :P

You don't have to tell me. I'd dob my next door neighbor in as a Montenegrin War Criminal for a Pot noodle and a packet of Monster munch.

I have no clue what on earth monster munch is....

i feel sorry for you. Monster Munch is an awesome variety of crisps over here in the uk.

on topic: thats what happens when you reak the rules...

Wakefield:

Andy Chalk:

Nimzar:
Umm... just FYI a system like this was once implemented in East Germany.

Really? They had Battle.net in East Germany?

Duh, looks like someone didn't go to school for history.

Duh, looks like somebody forgot to learn what sarcasm is. ;)

psrdirector:

bjj hero:

psrdirector:

:P i was more mentioning that informing on people for some sort of authority can also be done for good, and not just evil :P

You don't have to tell me. I'd dob my next door neighbor in as a Montenegrin War Criminal for a Pot noodle and a packet of Monster munch.

I have no clue what on earth monster munch is....

You poor deprived child. We should launch a TV appeal.

*Sad music, black and white stills of children*

In some parts of the world there are children who have never even heard of Monster Munch, never mind tasting the pickled onion goodness.
For just 2 a month...

psrdirector:

That looks weird, pickled onion? never heard of the company, but now i have an image to put with it. for some reason seems british to me

It is British though I'm told Walkers is owned by an American company called Lays.

And pickled onion is a popular flavour of crisps here. (potato chip for the yanks)

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