If you have been hacking, botting, or engaging in any type of nefarious behaviour on Diablo III, there's a good chance you may have woken up to a healthy banning from Blizzard. Apparently several thousand accounts have bit the dust in a massive wave of bans.
"We've recently issued account bans to several thousand Diablo III players who were found to be using botting programs while playing," read the official announcement. "In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play, botting, hacking, and other forms of cheating can also cause technical problems with the game as well as contribute to performance issues with the Battle.net service."
Blizzard were loathe to reveal the methods used to decide whether someone is up to no good in Diablo III, but stated that this wasn't their "first rodeo"!
'Botting' -- the act of using bots to farm gold which is then sold to other players -- has been an issue in the Diablo III community, with some users claiming they've made $20,000 over the last three months. Typically these players will have 10 different bots running 24 hours a day to collect gold in Diablo III. Entire communities have sprung up around botting, and it looks as though Blizzard are keen to put a halt to the practice.
Interestingly, one user -- who was banned for botting -- challenged the ban stating that "Blizzard profits off of people botting whether they like it or not".
A spokesperson for Blizzard replied with the following.
Sorry, but we care too much about the game to simply pocket money from botting game purchases and call it a day. We work hard and spend lots of time (and money) on ensuring the integrity of the game is kept intact, and that involves keeping this kind of behavior out of the game.
Blizzard Brings Down the Banhammer for Botting [Diablo.somepage.com]