Diablo III Bans Thousands Of Robots

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The world of Diablo III is a little less mechanical today, with Blizzard having made recent steps to ban a ton of people who were using bots.


It wasn't a handful of folks, either. It was "several thousand", all in the name of rooting out those causing "technical problems with the game" and "undermining the spirit of fair play".

The company's full statement is below:

We've recently issued account bans to several thousand Diablo III players who were found to be using botting programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play, botting, hacking, and other forms of cheating can also cause technical problems with the game as well as contribute to performance issues with the Battle.net service. To learn more about our exploitation policy for Diablo III and how it may affect your gameplay, please visit our official support site.

As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and enjoyable online environment for legitimate players is very important to us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed. In the meantime, if you wish to report the possible use of botting programs to Blizzard, please see this thread for more information. (We will also be adding the ability for players to report this kind of behavior directly through the game client in a future patch.)

For questions regarding account actions, please refer to Account Administration.


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I know a few folks who got themselves banned. Here's the sad part:

They've been botting for months, and they've made enormous amounts of money through the real money auction house, far more than the cost of the game. As soon as the people who code the bots make a new one that isn't detectable again, all they have to do is spend a fraction of what they've made and they're back in.

Of course, this is essentially the exact same thing that happened with Diablo 2, with slightly less item duping and slightly more straight up botting!