Blizzard bans 320,000 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts

Players punished for violating the terms of use

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Happy 4/20! Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment dropped the ban hammer on over 320,000 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts that were found to be violating the terms of use. The CD keys associated with the banned accounts will be suspended for 30 days, if the user was found to be a first time offender. But repeat offenders will have their CD keys banned permanently.

Above: There's no room for hackers on Blizzard Entertainment recently banned 320,000 accounts

So what got all these players banned? According to Blizzard’s announcement, the “abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs is a violation of the agreement made when signing on to” In other words, it sounds like they’re after hackers and cheaters. In fact, Blizzard claims that many of these accounts were banned due to tips sent in by users – and encourages its community members to email if they come across a hack, sites distributing hacks, or replays of hacks.

Apr 21, 2010