Diablo III cheaters face permanent bans

Blizzard says gamers found to be cheating or using hacks, bots, or modifications in Diablo III face potential permanent ban from Battle.net.

Gamers found to be cheating or using hacks, bots, or modifications in any form in Blizzard Entertainment's new dungeon crawler Diablo III face a potential permanent ban, the developer said in an update to its website. Those banned will be permanently unable to log in to their Battle.net account, and thus prohibited from playing Diablo III.

Diablo III cheaters, beware. Blizzard is threatening permanent bans.

Blizzard explained that it "has always taken cheating in any form in Blizzard games very seriously, and that's no different for Diablo III." The developer went on to say that hacking and cheating "goes against the spirit of fair play." According to Blizzard, suspensions and bans will begin in the "near future."

Diablo III launched on May 15 to a warm critical reception and a smashing sales success of 3.5 million units in its first 24 hours and 6.3 million copies during the game's first week. The game was released without player-versus-player support and its real-money auction house, the latter of which has been targeted to launch today.

For more on Diablo III, check out GameSpot's review.

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Ki7
Ki7

Single player game that refuses to let you play without Internet, has lag spikes and server downtime.. And now banning people from even playing in Single player for a game they bought with their hard earned money? I'm boycotting Blizzard from now on!

Dizzy1976
Dizzy1976

Gave up on this game when I realized that I would be playing the same SHORT game over and over for gear drops that are 98% garbage. Not to mention that the gold auction house is crap now because everybody expects people to buy their gear for real money which is ridiculous.  Real money for virtual items.....this world is beginning to suck the fun out of games.

ronnieo54
ronnieo54

It's not like this matters at all. The gold sellers don't give a damn about getting banned; they just buy another cd key off battle.net and start a new account and keep on botting.  Blizzard bans 1000 hackers/botters, they use the money they made in the real money AH to buy 1000 new copies of the game, Blizzard makes 60K more in game sales plus the 15% commission from the illegal gold/items they sold before getting banned. Great business model.  

shadow_wolf113
shadow_wolf113

Buys game, cheats/hacks in single player mode, can no longer play his own property ever because Blizzard is too stupid to allow offline play. GG Blizz, I was kinda looking forward to Heart of the Swarm but D3 was the last product I ever buy from them.

zombees3k
zombees3k

undeserved advantage by buying gear with real money = fair play

undeserved advantage by cheating = unfair play

oh yea this is definitely the last blizzard game i buy

 

Rovelius
Rovelius

As it always was... what's the point of this article?

Entropy730
Entropy730

Biggest waste of $60 ever spent on a video game. I am 22 and have been playing games since I was 4 on my Atari 2600. True story. I will say again: Diablo 3 was THE biggest WASTE of $60 I ever spent on a video game. If only I could return it for a full refund, I would get part of my soul back. Last Blizzard game I ever buy.

Evilbunz
Evilbunz

what happens if you get hacked and someone sells all your items on real money auction house gets money into his paypal.... lol? How does blizzard solve this problem do they restore the account to the owner with all the items and write off the monetary loss on themselves or do they do nothing?

Szeiden
Szeiden

But hacking and stealing items from other accounts is okay.

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

Cheaters getting their money back from a game with a real money auction house where they profit from cheating? No way you said good bye to your 60 dollars the moment you loaded that hack

Timeaisis
Timeaisis

I hate cheaters as much as the next guy. But unlike most, I believe that if Blizzard bans a cheater, they should get a refund (albeit partial) for the $60 they put down on the game. It's only fair...

StryfeBringer
StryfeBringer

It's nice to see them crack down on cheaters, however, what I don't agree with is that by banning them from battlenet, they essentially have a piece of software that is now totally useless since they can't even play offline in single player mode (as in Diablo I/II).  I just don't agree with their tyrannical hold on their software, not even allowing you access to it without logging into their server. - how would you like it if Windows or OSX requires you to log into their servers every time you boot your system?

jt3ldp
jt3ldp

why would you even cheat online? sados

numairullah
numairullah

More proof the of the intensive SHILLING. Cheaters and mods will be banned LOL. SHOULD HAVE NOT MADE THIS AND ONLINE experience. Karma is a B****

doremonhg9x
doremonhg9x

Blizzard fails me now... They promised that the DRM would "get rid of the hacker and bring the customer a cleaner gaming environment". Big fail of the year

Ayato_Kamina_1
Ayato_Kamina_1

Diablo cheaters eh?  surely you're talking about Blizzard trololol

banana23man
banana23man

Next up: GTA players will be banned for using cheats.

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Anyone who takes the time to take a half glance at the TOS for the game knows its not legal to "hack or reverse engineer" the game.  When you buy a game you dont OWN the game to do with as you please.  You own a "permit" to play the game in the manner its meant to be played in.  Cheating in the single player mode of a game is one thing: your only hurting yourself and your only taking the risk of wrecking your own game.  Online cheating is a different matter. 

 

People who claim they bought the game they own it they can do what are chlidish and need to reach the age of 10 before spouting off an opinion on this.

leeveeu
leeveeu

People still play D3? Lulz.

bronygamer
bronygamer

minecraft lets you cheat all the time :D all trolling aside i am on the fence about this i mean on one side its a good thing cause i hate cheaters but on the other side your basically saying you dont own this game its ours and we can ban you at any time my question is if your hacked and the person gets you banned for cheating what do you do then or are you just SOL 

Agent-M
Agent-M

This gets an article, but Blizzard implementation of a new feature that limits a players time spent in the game isn't?

 

There are dozens of forum threads of pissed of customers because they can't play the game how they like.  If you get an AFKer, a crappy team, bots, farmers, or people who want to be carried, you would leave the game and join another one like a sane person.

 

But now Blizzard doesn't want you to do that.  You are now limited by the amount of games you enter and leave, and after you reached the secret limit (which is small) the game bans you from playing for around 15mins.

 

Diablo 3 didn't deserve an 8.5 at all and Gamespot needs to do a follow-up article on the current state of the game, and on the backlash of pissed of customers Blizzard has now generated.

Eric_Drav3n
Eric_Drav3n

Hah cheaters already? I got bored of Diablo 3 after a week so I don't really care

Valen_Ca
Valen_Ca

Don't you just love how cheating on the single player portion of the game can get you perma-banned from the game you paid good money for?

If they cheat on the online portion then they should be warned once and then banned from online play if the issue persists, unfortunately due to Blizzards love of always-online DRM this just wouldn't work, unless they release an offline patch, which will never happen.

n8b1979
n8b1979

I play single player all the time, and who the heck did not use battle.net in D2? only cheaters. So online only makes perfect sense. Lol @ open battle.net

rynmls
rynmls

even if you buy the game you cannot use it even for single player? this is ridiculous...

LunchSackSal
LunchSackSal

ProTip:

I solved the whole "online Single player" issue very easily.  I didnt buy D3!  hahah  

tightwad34
tightwad34

Yeah, stick it to them please. I am not sure if From did something like this for Dark Souls, if not of course they should. May be a little late now. They should also try to do something about the people who only seem to fight by backstabbing. How is that any fun? I would never, ever do that. Stick it to all cheaters hard across all games and you will have less of it. Not all will go away, but it would be better.

Azghouls
Azghouls

This is one of the main reasons why I don't 'multiplay' as I'm not sure if it's skill or simply cheating people get where they are.

VarietyMage
VarietyMage

It's really damned simple.  You make single-player single-player-ONLY, and you make multi-player multi-player-ONLY.  No items may be traded between the two types of games.  The multiplayer stuff gets stored on the Blizzard servers, and the single-player stuff is stored on the local hard drive (and can be hacked with impunity since you can't trade gold or items to someone else at all).  That would solve the problem.  No injecting duped gold or other items, since Blizzard's servers would be watched like a hawk...sort of like casino security watching for card counters.  Come on, Blizzard, admit you made a huge damned mistake, and put single player back where it belongs - on the local hard drive.  I don't like playing multiplayer, especially not the other night when I had a damned 775 ms ping time to google.com.  I was getting killed almost continuously because of net lag.  I hate it.

kawaiiflonne
kawaiiflonne

I don't know what was worst about them cheating with the exploit, that they acquired crazy amount of gold or that if they were not banned before today, they would of used that crazy amount of gold to buy top tier items to resell for real money and make a killing off the people who buy from the real money auction house. As I said before they deserve to be banned for there crimes simple as that.

sonicare
sonicare

Doesnt cheating diminish your sense of accomplishment?

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

As they should. Cheaters ruin it for everybody. I decided to pop in COD World at War the other day, when I noticed I was emptying a clip into a opponent, he stopped, turned to look at me, slowly walked up to me, and knifed me! He was doing this the whole while I was shooting him! I put that game in for a change of pace, or a different COD game that I liked, only to be turned off by the cheating. Sad really.

gundowner
gundowner

Everything you do in singleplayer transfers over to the multiplayer componet of diablo 3. If they allowed people to hack when they play alone in "single-player", than those people can carry the items that they got in singleplayer over to multiplayer. Which would lead to people hacking and making ridiculously good gear to sell on the auction house, and it would eventually ruin the game because of over saturation on the market with gear with ridiculous stats. 

nsfn
nsfn

There's a site offering around 1M for 2$. Is that a cheating?

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

aw come on people, stop cheating!

what, don't you see how that breaks the auction house's usefulness?

the spice must flow :((

Yulaw2000
Yulaw2000

Banning people from playing their legally obtained SP games should not be permitted. even EA don't do that on Origin any more and the fact Blizzard is doing so is ridiculous. Don't buy into this people and those that have should demand a refund.

markvons
markvons

I remember when cheats where built into a game and I could use them to have even more fun with a game after beating it.  I can understand banning people for cheating in multiplayer games, but if you're playing singleplayer and get bored cheats and mods can totally revitalize a game you've played a couple of times over.

emperiox
emperiox

Crap omg now I have to delete my aimbot!!!

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Do they mean people who cheat/hack in single player or just cheat/hack outright? Because if it's for single player too that's kinda BS. Who cares what people do in their off time ya know? Now if people are cheating and hacking the game then by all means ban them for life......

This is one reason why I'll be getting Torchlight II over Diablo, I don't need some threat ganging over my head based on what the 1% are doing or if I was one who got hacked and knowing my luck I'd get banned for life then I'd be pissed because I wasted $60 on a coaster that I can't get rid of......well there is the 5lb sledge.......

Oxo_64
Oxo_64

I was under the impression that the constant online connection was to prevent players using bots, hacks and mods...

LtReviews
LtReviews

So, people who have had their accounts hacked and used by cheaters; prepare for Blizzard to take away your Battle.net account at no fault of your own.

Vambran
Vambran

Yeah so cheating is bad. Next topic.

LtReviews
LtReviews

Don't understand how cheating is a problem. Most people play Diablo with only 1 or two other players when playing online. Three at max.

 

So, is it that hard to find a couple friends to play online with consistently, ones that you know won't cheat?

 

If you are playing with a cheater, quit. It is that simple, find players who want to have fun, and play with them. Blizzard made battlenet with a crapload of features to find groups of players you can play with consistently, yet they use cheating as an excuse for DRM.