WoW player offers Blizzard employees $1,000 bribe to un-ban his account

A man whose World of Warcraft account was recently perma-banned is looking to meet up with anyone at Blizzard who has the ability to un-ban the account in exchange for $1,000. This is clearly a very level-headed person.

In a posting on Craigslist, the distraught player admits he cheated by installing a bot, but professes, "I wasn't a gold farmer or seller, never bought gold. I just botted archaeology because it's a boring profession."

Then, he gets straight to the point, saying, "I'm looking for a WoW Account Admin ( to unban my account for $1000 USD. No questions asked - your anonymity will be preserved."

It just so happens that he actually lives near the Blizzard offices, so he actually thinks that someone with the proper authority might be able to meet up with him in a dark alley somewhere.

"This is a serious offer. I live locally and can meet you in person wherever you like with cash, PayPal you money as a gift (non-refundable and non-disputable by me), leave an envelope under a tree, or pay you in any other manner you prefer," the ad continues.

Any disgruntled Blizzard employees need a quick cash injection? No? Good luck, buddy.

[Source: Craigslist]

Mar 23, 2011


  • AuthorityFigure - March 24, 2011 9:05 a.m.

    I'll pay someone double that to kill this guy.
  • reddeaddigestion - March 24, 2011 3 a.m.

    @04whim Haha I think we see completely eye-to-eye about WoW. And yeah, couldn't agree more about the thousand bucks being $1k more than spending nothing. It's always so unfortunate hearing about someone so addicted to anything.
  • 04whim - March 24, 2011 2:18 a.m.

    Don't get me wrong, I got out of WoW while I still could, and I do look back on my time with it as a fairly fun waste of money which did actually land me a fairly decent pair of friends but I'd still never want to get it back, and if I did, I've got Dragon Age. However, all I'm saying here is that the dude's an idiot. It doesn't matter how much he pays in subscription fees over all, this will always make it $1000 more than it would have been.
  • UberNoob - March 24, 2011 12:49 a.m.

    Wow...this guy is a low-life...
  • mastersword369 - March 24, 2011 12:28 a.m.

    This is an addiction that would ruin his life if someone actually accepted.
  • yesIusetheM14 - March 23, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    you don't need to read the EULA-just don't act like a spoiled dipshit by hacking/modding. Also, WOW is one of the most overrated games ever. Yes, running around in a fantasy land typing LOL for eight hours a day is "fun" for some people, but not most of us. The fanboy audience gets pretty annoying too.
  • Thunderpunch - March 23, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    I, personally, enjoy when stuff like this happens to stupid people.
  • Sinosaur - March 23, 2011 10:19 p.m.

    ...I like Archaeology, I get to fly around while I watch TV and you get some cool things. It is the idler's profession. But seriously, how does anyone who plays WoW now not realize that botting will get your ass kicked out the door?
  • reddeaddigestion - March 23, 2011 9:47 p.m.

    @04whim The man could have spent well over $1000 USD in subscription fees and micro transactions over the years, but that is all beside the point in his addicted eyes. I have no sympothy, but let's all at least understand that $1K USD is probably a bargain price for his account in terms of all the time he has lost with the ban. He may have sunk upwards of 6 months of his life logged into the game on just one main toon. Opportunity cost is real too. Which in my opinion is a good lesson to him in better expenditure of one's time.
  • Alakasam342 - March 23, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    I LOL'ed so hard at this =P
  • igothitwithabulb - March 23, 2011 9:35 p.m.

    One of my best friends just got permabanned. Playing for six years, four level 85s. It must really suck.
  • Hydrohs - March 23, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    I have a feeling Blizzard doesn't reverse permanent bans very often, so they'd probably be able to find out who it was who unbanned this guy if it happened.
  • claytonmiller - March 23, 2011 9:02 p.m.

    @04whim Sorry to say this (not really), but I'd rather just not play to begin with. Then I end up saving all that money, and I get to spend time doing other things. You know, like not playing WoW.
  • db1331 - March 23, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    Tune in for next week's article about a kid who was scammed out of $1000 by a man pretending to work for Blizzard.
  • 04whim - March 23, 2011 8:52 p.m.

    Well yes it would be cheaper. If he hypothetically spent 20 months playing either side of the ban at £10 a month:- (20 months + 20 months) x £10 = 40 months x £10 = £400 (20 months + 20 months) x £10 + £1000 = £1400 Tell me which you'd rather do.
  • Fatbot - March 23, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    Bobby Kotick's going to restore the account personally, take his money, then ban him again.
  • rabidpotatochip - March 23, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    I'd laugh if he ended up giving $1,000 to someone at or then trying to hire someone to get it back through Craigslist.
  • SirNinja - March 23, 2011 8:20 p.m.

    Protip: if you find archaeology boring, do something else instead. Also, Blizzard has repeatedly (and permanently) banned hundreds of thousands of accounts at a time for this sort of thing. This guy broke the rules; he's not getting his account back.
  • claytonmiller - March 23, 2011 8:13 p.m.

    @Scoob Yeah, look what that poor guy is missing while he's away from WoW! Something he could easily get for free, that's what. I don't think this is one of the reasons I don't play WoW (stupid people getting banned), but I still have more than enough reasons regardless.
  • pinoklin - March 23, 2011 7:57 p.m.

    "leave an envelope under a tree" hahahahah that cracked me up, and well archeology is pretty boring lol

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