Blizzard Bans 100,000 World of Warcraft accounts

Blizzard has apparently hit over 100,000 accounts with bans in a large bot purge. Accounts impacted were detected to be using gameplay automation methods. The ban doesn’t end with hardcore botters either, casual bot users were apparently hit as well. Blizzard classifies any automation of any action as botting and a violation of their Terms of Use agreement.

From GM’s announcement:

“We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as ‘bots’. We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”

The bans are only temporary however, after six months they will expire.


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