Blizzard appears to be cleaning house in preparation for its StarCraft II
release as well as its Battle.net
revamp. In a recent announcement
on the service's forums, Blizzard rep Bashiok revealed that over 300,000 accounts were punished for violations of the terms of service for Warcraft III
and Diablo II
for using hacks and illegal third-party tools (which are essentially hacks).
For those of you who have had past experience with Battle.net, these numbers probably don't surprise you. The network has had a long reputation of being fairly easy on people using hacks as Blizzard tends to save up over a long period of time in order to do a massive batch of bans at once. This means that those who are using hacks have a long period of time to abuse the system before anything is done about it. The hacks for some games were rampant enough that other players began using hacks that detect other hacks. Regardless of the reason behind using a hack, it is still against the terms of service and means if you get caught, you're out.
Users with no prior record were given a 30-day ban from the service while repeat offenders felt the full force of the banhammer. Those bad boys with a previous record were given a permanent ban against their CD key, though not necessarily their Battle.net account. All of these punishments are final, as there isn't any real appeal process.
We would like all players to remember that abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs is a violation of the agreement made when signing on to Battle.net, and can subject your account to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban of its access to the service. These types of activities can severely impact the stability of our servers, and we'll continue to aggressively monitor Battle.net in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating.
Many account closures come as the direct result of tips emailed to our hacks team by legitimate Battle.net users. If you come across a hack, find a site responsible for distributing hacks, or have a replay of a newly available hack, please report this to our hacks team at firstname.lastname@example.org
or through our Hacks Report Form at http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&tag=hacksform
As always, thank you for your continued support, and we'll see you on Battle.net!