Publisher takes on the botters
Blizzard has banned thousands of Diablo III players who have been allegedly using botting programs.
The bans are not only being issued due to poor player conduct but also to protect against technical issues with the game’s servers.
Blizzard community manager Lylirra posted on the official forums, “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… As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and enjoyable online environment for legitimate players is very important to us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.”
One of the problems that cheating can create is damage to the in-game economy.
Forum commenter ActChill responded, “I think we are nine months to late on that. Already messed up economy as I have 150 hours played and picked up only a couple million, yet items sell for billions.”
The community manager countered by saying, “We have been actively monitoring for exploitative behavior since the game launched and taking action as needed. We haven’t been very vocal about that process (though we have made a few announcements for larger ban waves in the past), but that’s something we’ll be working to change and improve upon going forward.”
The manager also assured that there is an upcoming patch that will allow players to report cheating directly through the game client.
Visit the support site for more information about the consequences of in-game cheating and exploitation.
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