5,000 Starcraft II cheaters busted

Blizzard mass-issues suspensions and bans to Terms of Use violators for cheating or using hack programs.

In mid-September, Starcraft II developer Blizzard posted a public warning to players, saying it would soon start issuing bans and suspensions to players caught using hacks or cheating in the real-time strategy game. Today the developer said it followed through on those threats with 5,000 users who violated the Battle.net Terms of Use by resorting to cheats or hacks in Starcraft II.

"Ahh, hell. Performance-enhancing power armor never hurt nobody…"

"In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that's essential to play on Battle.net, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service," the company's statement read. "Maintaining a stable, safe, and secure online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed."

Although significant, the number of punished players pales in comparison to culls conducted on other Battle.net-based Blizzard games over the years. In April, Blizzard suspended or permanently banned 320,000 accounts for Warcraft III and Diablo II. In that case, first-time offenders were given 30-day suspensions, while accounts with prior problems had their CD keys banned permanently. In July 2006, Blizzard booted 59,000 accounts for gold farming in violation of World of Warcraft's Terms of Use.

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263 comments
thedeadraptor
thedeadraptor

"Don't rush me Blizzard!!! Can't a man take some pleasure in his work?!?!?!?!"

iNiKharn
iNiKharn

God I love Blizzard. Can't wait for D3!

ele975
ele975

@Cloud737 I'm really having trouble finding what i'm talking about, when i said Stem Cell Processing Unit i mean actual CPU for computer and related usage. A mobile phone was supposed to be the first to have it but since i can't find it or any article related to it i guess they went bunkers :\

RATM_fan_1
RATM_fan_1

im just glad that if your bored you can at least use the cheats they give you lol but for the online experiance this is why i dont like to play online much at least not in ladders .. custom games only for me ... more fun in the end anyways

mull20641
mull20641

Yeah Blizzard is sending a message all right. It's called 'don't f*** with us or we will punish you ruthlessly.

GordonFrohman11
GordonFrohman11

@Ragnarok-64 I do play Modern Warfare 2 on PC and you are correct. Every time someone gets a killstreak of over two there's always someone who yells out "hax!!!". I've been unjustly accused myself but its a good thing that by the time that happened Steam didn't give a crap anymore. That doesn't stop there being actually hackers in virtually every game however.

Ragnarok-64
Ragnarok-64

@GordonFrohman11 On PC they did, but then it was being abused and people who "think" the person was cheating would report them and that person would be unfairly banned. Steam have no gotten to the point of "Fine. We will unban everyone who has said they were unfairly banned but don't come crying back when more hackers come along"

GordonFrohman11
GordonFrohman11

If only they did the same thing for Modern Warfare 2....

AceBalls
AceBalls

I gave up playing Starcraft II coz I kept getting pulverized - EARLY in the round. I wonder if I'll win a round this time..?

bodylotion
bodylotion

i can understand why people want to try to cheat a few times but to do it all the time ? people who cheat all the time are absolutely people with no real life who try to succeed in the virtual world. I Also don't understand why people want their account to be banned :P

Evenios
Evenios

what it does not say is that all 5,000 accounts belonged to one guy.

Anubistraveler
Anubistraveler

This is great, wish they did this for more games....

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

Darth Blizzard: You failed for the last time "admiral cheat!"

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

they should just create a special boss for the cheaters that can't be beaten and always spawns right by them. they'll just get frustrated and stop playing.

geomyr
geomyr

serves them right cheating on battle net shame on them that's not fair :( good job blizzard for serving penalty on those cheaters :)

cautioncivilian
cautioncivilian

Blizzard's new tagline should be: "Blizzard. You don't f*** with us."

sonicare
sonicare

I love it when cheaters fail.

Evilnator
Evilnator

@amaan4ever Pirate users are unable to play online. Not on the official bnet server anyway...

Gammet25
Gammet25

What a loss of life :D. Blizzard means business >_

Waldkrieger
Waldkrieger

Cheating offline is fine, meaning mods/codes/etc. But, cheating online is a no.

mgs_freak91
mgs_freak91

@dr_jashugan Not entirely sure. But I know that some use map hacks. Bloody $#!%'s. Anyways, I'm glad that they have already started banning. I reckon they shouldn't even warn in the first place. First warning should be in the term of agreement, and that's it. After that just ban ban ban. Cheaters are just loser gamers who have no skill and have to resort to low tactics just to make themselves feel better. It's probably the only grudge I have against PC gaming, lame "hackers".

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

I say let the cheaters get curb stomped by Raynor's massive Neo Steel boot lol, Starcraft online is no place to cheat, there are people who've devoted so much time into making sure their unbeatable only to lose to a cheater n00b, that can really mess a dude up, SC fans take that VERY seriously.

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

They gave them a warning before going through with the ban, so i say those 5000 people are idiots.

Mar044
Mar044

cheating online is uncalled for, i say let the cheaters cry, after all, it only shows you have no skill and dont want to learn...

Spartan-1657
Spartan-1657

@fattass21 It is only for hacks/cheats online.

fattass21
fattass21

wait, does this count towards people who use trainers (its a program that modify's the game to give the players a edge over the computers in single player) where they use it solely for single player and cant be used for multiplayer? or is the banning just for people who uses hacks online? just want that cleared. because i see no problem at all if someone cheats in single player. online is a different story tho.

liljimy
liljimy

im sorry but for the person who said 1Ghz processor is faster than a human. Mind you that the brain can do about 16Thz of processing power but most of that is for life functioning like feeling temperature, acceleration, balance, and everything else. We have the capability to remember everything that happens to us in our lifetime from start to finish. The technology that will make cell phones of tomorrow make our computers look like a 1960 "supercomputer" is quantum computers. computers that can use the "spin" characteristics of electrons for information. i dont know what stem cell processing is or how you could use it, but i'd have to say it might be the thing that gaps the now to the quantum computer. DNA can hold a lot of info. 1 cell's DNA can hold the same amount of info as an entire library of books. i dont know how you would utilize dna tho..its in a twisted and tangled form which is what makes it hold so much in such a small area. untangling it everytime you need to read a file just seems like a waste of time and energy. so on topic, I remember when my friend got his diablo 2 account deleted and banned for using the map hack. he was glad it happened because he was sooooo bored with that game. im not surprised that blizzard would do this for starcraft 2. Competitive versus games is NOT the place to cheat. in WoW the currency is degraded when ppl just go out to go gold farming. im glad i stopped playing wow years ago it was fun but i didnt have a life back then

LOXO7
LOXO7

Cheaters, just like in real life...wait

DisturbedClown
DisturbedClown

I heard Blizzard only really bans people for the press. Like now. They've seen as the good guys, only doing what they have to. But they did this same thing in WoW. They get a large number of cheaters, ban them all at once. Now they're looking good to everyone, and still having people buying the product. I don't buy it.

Trogeton
Trogeton

lol there aren't really ANY pc games that don't have cheaters anyways

SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

@Cloud737 Actually, he was referring to the "Zii" CPU, from Creative. It's supposedly made for super fast media processing and/or used in a chain for supercomputers. "Nano super-computing" and other phrases have been thrown around to describe it but as far as I know there haven't been any documented practical applications showing off this power. It's basically in the vein of Sony's Cell Processor. Anyway, I hope these accounts were banned for multiplayer cheating. If someone wishes to cheat on a single player game, more power to them. They bought it after all, they can cheat if they want. The problem here is the fact that you have to be online to play (outside of that guest mode, or whatever it was called) even single-player campaign. The article on battle.net didn't specify. Of course, I haven't read the TOS for Starcraft II so maybe ALL cheating is against the agreement. If that is true, I'm glad I haven't purchased it yet. Seems like every major release of a game includes some form of restriction that limits "legit" players (like cheating on SP, only being able to install a set number of times, etc.) and doesn't really do anything to stop those actually abusing the service. If this WAS only multiplayer cheaters, then it's awesome and keep up the good work Blizzard.

Hjindee
Hjindee

@ odessaman66 ive seen alot of cheaters getting banned from server by punkbuster in BFBC2 :)

Deadwood123
Deadwood123

A lot of online cheaters seem to be younger kids in my experience, makes them feel skilled to their friends etc.

odessaman66
odessaman66

Congrats to Blizzard ! Now if only EA would have the &*#( to ban all those cheaters in the Battlefield games. I get so tired of seeing Cheaters run rampant in those games.

Flint247
Flint247

Cheaters will never succeed in life.

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

I don't see the point in getting achievements and higher ranks, if u don't earn it. That's like stealing a trophy..yea you have a trophy but YOU did not earn it. The whole point is too be able to show off your hard nerdy work in games.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Wow, what kind of hacks do these cheaters use? Unlimited resources or higher damage rates? :shock:

Dominicobaggio
Dominicobaggio

@Cloud737 i think he meant dna computers. There are experiments to use dna as a processor or something, since it can hold a lot of information in a tiny amount of space (ie the whole description of a life form is in just a few strands of dna) On topic, nice to see cheaters getting banned :D

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

what about all the pirated users they should also get banned.Wait if u remove all the pirated users then would barely be 1000 people online lol

Cloud737
Cloud737

@ele975 Like I told you, processing power is already more than enough, what we'd actually need is better techniques, algorithms and programs. AI is still in it's infancy stages, so as it is, it's still dumb. Smart AI is complex to design, but probably won't take that much more processing power. Also, stem... cell? You do know that stem cells (written separately) are, well, organic, undifferentiated cells (no neurons), right? I mean, you look that up on Google and see if you can find something remotely resembling a CPU. As it sounds, a Stem Cell Processing Unit is a machine that collects stem cells (e.g.: human cells) by the process of apheresis. So I'm left wondering if you truly know what you are talking about...

ele975
ele975

@Cloud737 @Fancelot Well i'm just speaking from what i've read and know, do we have a long way to go? Oh yes, but faster CPU's and faster cores are of course needed, there's such a CPU known as Stemcell Processing Unit, the potential is VAST with this, i suggest you go take a read about this.

Paul2004
Paul2004

Its easy, they cant win against skilled players so they cheat to victory. Online play is supposed to be alot harder than single player afterall, plus some ppl dont take defeat kindly (I tend to drop Tiberium Bombs or nukes in such cases....maybe ill drop one on myself if it comes down to it XD) Good to see they are dealin with them tho, cheat all you want in Offline but keep it fair when going against another person....then again alls fair in love and war so only you can decide