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Blizzard Bans ‘Several Thousand’ Diablo III Players

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Posted on December 19, 2012 AT 04:39am

Blizzard has announced that it has banned several thousand Diablo III players for using bots, cheating, and “undermining the spirit of fair play.” The developer also announced plans to implement new tools in the new year to make reporting foul play easier for players.

“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,” Blizzard community manager Lylirra on the official forums.

“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.”

“We will also be adding the ability for players to report this kind of behavior directly through the game client in a future patch.”

The post also urges players to report any instances of foul play, cheating, or botting on the game’s official forums.

Is this move too little too later? Let us know in the comments below.

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