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Over 320K Warcraft III, Diablo II Accounts Banned

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Blizzard is slinging the mystical, magical Ban Hammer at cheating gamers.

Wednesday Blizzard announced on the Battle.Net forums that it whipped out the trusty Ban-Hammer and knocked out over 320,000 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts. The company said that the banned gamers were found to be violating the service's holy Terms of Use. Those receiving a first offense will be suspended for a meager 30 days. Repeat offenders will see their CD keys banned for eternity.

"We would like all players to remember that abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs is a violation of the agreement made when signing on to Battle.net, and can subject your account to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban of its access to the service," Blizzard stated.

Blizzard goes on to say that these types of activities can severely impact the stability of our servers. "We’ll continue to aggressively monitor Battle.net in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating," the company warned.

Blizzard asks that anyone with information related to cheating gamers to contact the company's "hacks team" at this email address, or through this online Hacks Report Form. The information can include sites responsible for distributing hacks, and replays of a newly available hack.

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    vant , April 21, 2010 11:57 PM
    nforce4maxThis is WHY I play on a private server, I would hate to be banned having spent all that money. In my opinion those who get banned should be able to have some financial compensation having paid for the initial purchase and the monthly fees.

    You cheated, you get banned.

    The logic isn't that hard to follow.
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    drutort , April 21, 2010 10:39 PM
    babybelugauh...there are really that many people playing those games?


    correction there that many BOTS playing those games ;) 
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    babybeluga , April 21, 2010 11:59 PM
    eddyg17WoW alone has like 7 million costumers.


    What are costumers? Is that some kind of cosplay thing?
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    Regulas , April 21, 2010 10:28 PM
    What were the charges to drop accounts, BOTS?
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    drutort , April 21, 2010 10:39 PM
    babybelugauh...there are really that many people playing those games?


    correction there that many BOTS playing those games ;) 
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 10:41 PM
    WoW alone has like 7 million costumers. I am sure it is about the same number for Warcraft III and diablo II.
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    cybrcatter , April 21, 2010 10:44 PM
    How many accounts are still being accessed regularly? I had no idea there were so many who still played those games
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    mister g , April 21, 2010 10:49 PM
    Might be getting numbers wrong but you forget about those in China and around the world.
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    JohnnyLucky , April 21, 2010 10:53 PM
    The numbers amaze me!
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    Eman25th , April 21, 2010 10:56 PM
    Log into Diablo2 or Warcraft3, the welcome message says how many total users along with how many are currently online.
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    Fokissed , April 21, 2010 11:18 PM
    eddyg17WoW alone has like 7 million costumers. I am sure it is about the same number for Warcraft III and diablo II.


    It was 11.5 million subscribers 16 months ago.
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    siuol11 , April 21, 2010 11:37 PM
    Thank goodness... I tried going back to DII a few months ago but it was all bots and mining, so I stopped. Maybe I'll go back and try it again.
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    dilbert , April 21, 2010 11:37 PM
    I still play Diablo II from time to time. Blizzard is still doing stuff for the game. Just last month they released a new patch (1.13c) with some fixes and additions.

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    babybeluga , April 21, 2010 11:57 PM
    dameon51Doesn't WOW have like 10 million plus players?


    This article isn't about WoW?
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    vant , April 21, 2010 11:57 PM
    nforce4maxThis is WHY I play on a private server, I would hate to be banned having spent all that money. In my opinion those who get banned should be able to have some financial compensation having paid for the initial purchase and the monthly fees.

    You cheated, you get banned.

    The logic isn't that hard to follow.
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    babybeluga , April 21, 2010 11:59 PM
    eddyg17WoW alone has like 7 million costumers.


    What are costumers? Is that some kind of cosplay thing?
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    geminireaper , April 22, 2010 12:05 AM
    nforce4max there are no monthly fees for those games. And second these users broke the Terms of service for the game. Thats like saying I got 3 dui's in 1 month and had my drivers license revoked so I want my money back from the car I just bought. No dice. You know the rules, you break the rules, you lose..period.
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    micky_lund , April 22, 2010 12:33 AM
    babybelugaWhat are costumers? Is that some kind of cosplay thing?

    costumer - costumier: someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade
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    Konman , April 22, 2010 12:58 AM
    micky_lundcostumer - costumier: someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade

    I thought a costumer was someone who looks at the recent cost of games and software and says "umm" "umm" (cost "umm" er)
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