As warned, Blizzard today swept through the Starcraft II playerbase with knives at the ready, banning or suspending the accounts of thousands of players caught using hack programs or other forms of cheating.
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The final count was "over 5000" players, Blizzard reminding everyone that it's not just the spirit of fair play that's in trouble when people cheat; messing with the underlying workings of the game "can lead to stability and performance issues with the service".
While a death toll of a few thousand (it wasn't disclosed how many were suspensions and how many were permanent bans) accounts is impressive for most games, it pales in comparison to Blizzard's previous record of 350,000, set during a World of Warcraft purge.
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