5,000 Starcraft II cheaters busted

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

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

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

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@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 :\

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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

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

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@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.

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@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"

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

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Battlefield 2 NEEDS this right now, PERMANENTLY. I mean they even tell ppl that they cheat and they don't get banned after 1000 matches. Come on EA, DO SOMETHING!

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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..?

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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I love it when cheaters fail.

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:)

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Great News!

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

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

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LMAO nbzzzzzzzzzzz...

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olol cheaters required more vespene gas

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

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CHEATERS. ARE. NAUGHTY.

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@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".

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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.

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They didn't construct additional pylons.

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all i can say is gg noobs.

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

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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...

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@fattass21 It is only for hacks/cheats online.

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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.

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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

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Cheaters, just like in real life...wait

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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.

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

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In case some of you are wondering if there are 'just' this 5000, you would be quite wise to assume that there are more. As for why these didn't get the Banhammer, there's a good reason: the Banhammer is a punitive measure, that effectively culls violators who happen to be customers at the same time. There may be some of them who will repent and play fair from then on (and also buy a new license key), but some will pout and fume and coax others into not buying into Starcraft 2. Using the Banhammer may make Blizzard's product development and maintenance units happy, but it won't make the bean-counters and marketeers happy, who will see these bans as leading to lost potential revenue (regardless of the ethical reasons that justify these bans). These 5000 are likely the ones who get short-listed after a lot of consideration, i.e. determining how much they cheated. That said, if you have been cheating in Starcraft 2 and did not get banned, that's only because Blizzard gave you a chance to stop now. Just because you didn't get banned does not mean that they do not have the information on your cheating practices. The next round of culling just might include your account.

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@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.

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

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HAHA!

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

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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.

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Cheaters will never succeed in life.

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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.

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

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@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

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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

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@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...