Blizzard bans several thousand Diablo 3 players for “undermining the spirit of fair play.”
Blizzard has announced a Diablo 3 bot apocalypse, banning “several thousand” players for what community manager Lylirra described as “undermining the spirit of fair play;” running bots, in other words. The exact number of bans is, as yet, known only to Blizzard, and some fans of the game voiced their concerns that perhaps this was too little, too late.
“This isn’t our first rodeo,” said Lylirra, in response to those concerns. “We have been actively monitoring for exploitative behavior since the game launched and taking action as needed.” Blizzard just hasn’t been making an announcement every time it brought out the banhammer.
The announcement wasn’t quite enough to please everyone, and a complaint made more than once in the forum was that, by not visibly addressing the issue before, the game’s economy had been negatively affected. Though this issue was not addressed directly, Lylirra did say that the ability for players to report abusive players though the game client would be added “in a future patch”. Lylirra also said that Blizzard would be more vocal about its bot banning in the future.