Blizzard bans more Diablo III players

Developer bans unspecified number of players from dungeon crawler.

Blizzard Entertainment has banned more Diablo III players. In a blog post today, the company confirmed the bans, but did not say how many players were booted in all or if the bans were temporary or permanent.

"Over the last year, we've issued frequent rounds of account bans for cheating in Diablo III, and we've just issued another," the company said. "While we may not mention each round of account bans when they occur, we have and will continue to monitor Diablo III for exploitative behavior and take action as needed in order to help preserve the integrity of the game."

Blizzard banned "several thousand" Diablo III players in December for using botting hacks.

The company reminded players that hacks, bots, and third-party software are all prohibited for Diablo III. Blizzard said this software "undermines the spirit of the game" and can result in a permanent ban.

"Not only that, but third-party programs can cause nasty technical problems, game-related bugs, and stability and performance issues with Battle.net, all of which can greatly impact your gaming experience as well as the gaming experience of others," Blizzard said.

Players with information pertaining to a hack or a bot can reach Blizzard at Hacks@Blizzard.com. Diablo III launched for the PC and Mac last May and has sold over 12 million copies to date.

The game will be released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 3. Next-generation console versions are also in the works.

Written By

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Want the latest news about Diablo III?

Diablo III

Diablo III

Follow

Discussion

496 comments
Eraldus
Eraldus

" Diablo III can't be hacked"


By: Blizzard fanboy

LoveGiant
LoveGiant

Wouldn't of happened if there was just an offline mode where you could freely "hack" or "cheat". Ah well back to playing Diablo then.

CyDidley
CyDidley

I'm guessing that without an in-game Auction House in the console version, that all the high end transactions will come from 3rd party websites and even ebay again.

Any guesses on how long before botting, duping, or other exploits start popping up on the console version?        I'll give it 3 days.

AoEKiller
AoEKiller

As you can see Starcraft II is a master piece and Jay Wilson is a disaster.

nordafrost
nordafrost

i wonder if targeting will be clunky on console

pylothepylon13
pylothepylon13

LOL not surprised that the Diablo genre is running into another wave of hackers. Maybe Blizzard gaming should stop worrying about developing multi-million games that falls short of gameplay and would spend more time flickering technical problems (preferably Diablo III)

liveAlexios
liveAlexios

The BOTS can give you profit.. exchanging money for digital items(less than 1MB) that can be created 5 mins. I hope on consoles Diablo3 will be the game with classic offline singleplayer & no RMAH

AmeraCSD
AmeraCSD

does any one know what the name of the soundtrack in the minute 00:59 of the video ?

Feedbackula
Feedbackula

Am I the only one around here... That likes Diablo III?

GYIYGABITE
GYIYGABITE

I never understand why Blizzard decided to go in the direction of always online for Diablo 3, along with a RMAH. I am glad I never bought Diablo III, and instead, I have Torchlight 2 feeding my dungeon crawling addiction. 

Sad part is that these bots and hacks are probably causing the prices of super rare loot in the RMAH to become extremely cheap, which makes the game unbalanced. I don´t know, it is just a hunch, since I haven´t played Diablo III. 

*Applies anti-error 37 medicine on the knee*

frylock1987
frylock1987

How does one ban Company Created Bots?

xera1t
xera1t

I was really disappointed with this game when it came out.  Banning people from this game is doing them a favor.

LJLuz
LJLuz

Be Happy... Play Starcraft II... It's worth it.

commander1122
commander1122

uninstalled the stupid game long long long time ago and not ever bother it anymore.....worst blizzard product ever...

maitkarro
maitkarro

A small contribution from me with banning obvious gold/item sellers, as their account name says where to buy their stuff. That's what they get for friend requesting me with asdgjh or Sell Gold names.

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Can they really afford to be banning players?

Zaka
Zaka

Only few thousends of people are playing this, so who cares...

ZOD777
ZOD777

The RMAH "undermines the spirit of the game".

Master_Vexov
Master_Vexov

Blizzard bans cheaters, but doesn't doesn't mind cheating gamers.

rawlu
rawlu

D3 PS4!  ;-)

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

Unless they're selling in game items for money, like a website where you pay to have them send your character money, there's really no harm in it. And if they get banned, they should still be able to play offline. But alas, Blizzard is a stubborn mule about making people play only online. Look at WOW, I think it's about time they made it free to play with how long it's been.

watchuwad
watchuwad

havent touched d3 in a loooong time, thinking about uninstalling the pos to free up 25gigs on my hd

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

And those who got banned/serial key disabled that had bought physical copies will be returning it to walmart and saying it doesn't work online...
Walmart will refund them, then they'll go buy another copy of the game.
Meanwhile,
The same people that were busted that were wise enough to buy a physical copy/returned it will have had sold items on d2jsp.org and have forum gold there. Which they'll use to pay for all new gear good enough for another bot. then start botting again when a new "undetectable" version of said bot program arrives, By that time they'll be level 60 at least.. (Which doesn't take long anyways. or can just use that d2jsp forum gold to get a level job done as well.)

No, I do not bot Diablo 3, haven't touched it in months, infact, I just installed a solid state drive in my computer, fresh install of windows...did not reinstall diablo 3. it would take something short of a miracle for that to happen...lol
(I DO however have almost 13 years of experience with Diablo 2, Hence I know how the real botting losers work...)

XxxGoosaxxX
XxxGoosaxxX

The sad part is when Blizzard does a ban wave on bots it actually hurts people who are not botting. Every time they do a ban wave the AH is barren for a few days until the bots start back up. Considering the few people that actually still play the game Blizzard should just leave  the damn bots alone.

TirOrah
TirOrah

Wow, I haven't been following Diablo 3 at all, it's really that bad huh? Cheaters...hate 'm. I can't even bring myself to understand the mindset behind intentionally cheating the system. For me, games are about fun and I don't see how ruining someone else's fun helps mine. Yeah I know, it's about money and stuff, but still. It's sad that people like doing this.

Statistic
Statistic

People who cheat are idiots and selfish.

Blizzard is also a bunch of idiots for the game/AH/currency and loot drop designs.  I quit both D3 and WOW after years of playing.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Once the in-game economy is ruined, there's little they can do to save it.  All it takes is a bug or a few cheaters and it's over.  I remember in APB the economy was completely ruined within the first week because the moron devs added cash rewards to achievements that literally didn't require anything but having a menu open.  Rinse, repeat with a new character, and then EVERYTHING in the auction house as a result is ridiculously expensive and unaffordable.

Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

People and companies need to grow a pair. There were all kinds of mods to hack Diablo 2 and no one cried about it. Also I look forward to the lawsuits from remotely disabling legally purchased real world products as a reaction to tampering with imaginary world resources this will generate.

Riddick123
Riddick123

Too late Blizzard.  The bots and cheaters have already ruined the game.  Thanks for implementing the AH and have class specific equipment with useless stats drop.

LtReviews
LtReviews

DMCA 

2. Reverse engineering (section 1201(f)). This exception permits circumvention, and the development of technological means for such circumvention, by a person who has lawfully obtained a right to use a copy of a computer program for the sole purpose of analyzing elements of the program necessary to achieve interoperability with other programs, to the extent that such acts are permitted under copyright law.

In other words: Blizzard better hope none of these people banned have enough money to hire a lawyer- yet given that Activision-Blizzards would gladly throw millions of dollars in Legal funds to overwhelm any opposition, it's safe to say they can do so...

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

They have ruined this game. Its only open to people who are willing to pay more after purchase......... You cant find or earn any gear anymore. Strictly now for people who will pay. I quit because at Paragon 90 I had yet to find one piece of equipment in the game. To Buy even a simple pair of gloves you need 1 billion bold which would take years of playing to earn or,,, your Wallet instantly.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@nordafrost well there are similar games on them that work fine... and diablo did too.  it will come down to the coding, obviously, but we've seen these types of games work out fine.

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

@pylothepylon13 the two have no real reason to be connected... unless youre saying they deserved it.  your final sentence makes no sense... unless you want them to not make these games... or spend their times fixing the mistakes of games you dont want them to make/have made... which would be rather paradoxical. 

James00715
James00715

@Zaka Actually, they still get around a million players per month, though some of those players probably aren't logging in more than a few minutes.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@ZOD777 Never bought or sold anything in the RMAH in the 354 hours I played.

James00715
James00715

@watchuwad It's only 13GB on my computer. You probably never uninstalled the beta.

telaros
telaros

@watchuwadStop thinking. I did and haven't felt the slightest itch to playing the game.

CyDidley
CyDidley

@TirOrah Whenever there is money to be made, people will find a way to exploit the system.   I seriously doubt the people that were banned really enjoy the game, they are just trying to profit from it.  At that point, the enjoyment part had already gone out the window.

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@TirOrah people are sick, that answers your question, you could say the same thing about internet trolls as well

James00715
James00715

@LtReviews It's legal to learn how it works, not to use that knowledge to make a bot to farm items and sell for real money. Also, Blizzard probably has an arbitration clause that prevents anyone from really suing them. You have to go through an arbitrator of their choosing, who will probably make a biased decision see as how they are paid by Activision.

minty_cbo
minty_cbo

@LtReviews It's already in Actiblizzard's  EULA and TOS....
They circumvented that.... and whatever thing you will type next as well...
Why? Because they're actiblizzard..that's why..
How? See previous sentence..

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@XspidervenomX You realize it's other players who sell things for ridiculous prices, right? Even if you had 1 billion gold, you would still buy for the price they offered? That is too amusing.

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

 people are cheating because they removed the ability to earn gear by playing..To play you need real cash or your doing nothing but digging a hole and filling it..

frylock1987
frylock1987

@TriggerManX97 @TirOrah  

Meanwhile, Blizzard cheats the cheaters out of their money thinking no gamer will have the balls to break their in game economy. with a faulty patch update....

TirOrah
TirOrah

@TriggerManX97 Very true. I'm not a fan of trolls either, but at least they don't mess up the entire system. 

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

@XspidervenomX LOW LEVEL STUFF? 6 digit numbers? There are only a few Set items at low level  worth that much and I doubt you could name it from racking your brain. Such an obvious lie makes you obviously trolling.

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

@00LiteYear The game is only made for player who spend real money. You cant make, find, loot or win anything in this game. You must buy and the game is for that 1% who are stupid enough to do it.