Blizzard Will Crack Down On World of Warcraft "Multi-Boxing"

Blizzard says it will begin to punish World of Warcraft players who engage in multi-boxing, a method of grinding faster through the use of unauthorized software.

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The era of MMO dominance is long gone, but a lot of people still play World of Warcraft, and external tools that help you climb up the game's progression rungs faster are still out there. Now, Blizzard has announced that it will soon aggressively crack down on players who engage in "multi-boxing," a controversial tactic that involves using third-party software to duplicate your key inputs across multiple game clients.

"We’ve examined the use of third-party input broadcasting software, which allows a single keystroke or action to be automatically mirrored to multiple game clients, and we've seen an increasingly negative impact to the game as this software is used to support botting and automated gameplay," a post on the WoW website reads. "The use of input broadcasting software that mirrors keystrokes to multiple WoW game clients will soon be considered an actionable offense. We believe this policy is in the best interests of the game and the community."

The post makes it clear that Blizzard will soon begin to issue warnings to players that are caught using input broadcasting software. However, there are other forms of multi-boxing other than input broadcasting. For example, some players use multiple World of Warcraft accounts simultaneously, with each character following the path of another. Such action would be a legal form of multi-boxing even under Blizzard's new rule.

World of Warcraft will soon see the release of a new expansion, Shadowlands, coming two years after the release of 2018's Battle for Azeroth. It will reduce the game's level cap to 60, as well as giving players the option to change their character's gender without a fee. Pre-order sales are very high for this new expansion, which surprised a lot of players and industry observers alike.

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