StarCraft II players using unauthorized hacks and modifications to get a leg up on the competition might want to give fair play a try, as a Blizzard statement indicates the end of the line is in sight for cheaters.

Blizzard is a company that takes cheating quite seriously. Regularly banning massive numbers of players for using hacks and mods to get ahead in the company's games, we've seen as many as 350,000 accounts suspended in a short period when the time comes to take action, and that time is now.

Here is the warning issued today by Blizzard.

"Blizzard Entertainment has always taken cheating in any form in Blizzard games very seriously, and that's no different for StarCraft II. If a StarCraft II player is found to be cheating or using hacks or modifications in any form, then as outlined in our end user license agreement, that player can be permanently banned from the game. This means that the player will be permanently unable to log in to to play StarCraft II with his or her account.


"Playing StarCraft II legitimately means playing with an unaltered game client. Doing otherwise violates our policies for, and it goes against the spirit of fair play that all of our games are based on. We strongly recommend that you avoid using any hacks, cheats, or exploits. Suspensions and bans of players that have used or start using cheats and hacks will begin in the near future. "

Going by the company's history, we fully expect to see the Blizzard ban-sledgehammer going into action any day now. You have been warned!