Diablo 3 bans hackers and bot users

By Michael Jamias
diablo 3 bans hackers bots

Blizzard has slammed the banhammer hard on those devious Diablo 3 cheaters.

The developer has issued “several rounds” of account bans, possibly as hackers resurged with the release of Diablo Patch 1.0.5, which drastically made it easier for powerful Legendary items to drop. Hackers had been altering the game client of the popular online action rpg to make it easier to kill monsters with almost no effort at all.

“In each of these cases players used a hack program for exploitive purposes, for example to zoom out their game view and kill monsters that were beyond the normal range at which AI is triggered,” said Blizzard in a blog post.

Blizzard strictly prohibits the use of hacks or any other third-party software for that matter in Diablo 3, a policy that's starkly stricter than it imposes on its flagship mmorpg, World of Warcraft.

“Most of the programs out there that are intended for use with the game are actually cheat programs and automation programs ("bots") that exploit Diablo III's mechanics and provide players with an unfair advantage,” explained Blizzard.

Other third-party software that break the terms of use include those that:

- Obtain information about Diablo III that's not normally available to the player
- Transmit or modify the Diablo III game files
- Provide access to features or abilities beyond what is allowed by the game's design
- Change how Diablo III interacts with Battle.net

“In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play, this type of software can cause nasty technical problems, game-related bugs, and stability and performance issues with Battle.net. All of which can put a demon-sized damper on your gaming experience,” Blizzard added, warning that accounts found to be using software even from so-called “reputable” third-party sites will also be given a permaban.


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