Over 320K Warcraft III, Diablo II Accounts Banned

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.

It's Hammer time!

  • Regulas
    What were the charges to drop accounts, BOTS?
  • babybeluga
    uh...there are really that many people playing those games?
  • dameon51
    babybelugauh...there are really that many people playing those games?Doesn't WOW have like 10 million plus players?
  • drutort
    babybelugauh...there are really that many people playing those games?
    correction there that many BOTS playing those games ;)
  • People still play Diablo II?
  • WoW alone has like 7 million costumers. I am sure it is about the same number for Warcraft III and diablo II.
  • cybrcatter
    How many accounts are still being accessed regularly? I had no idea there were so many who still played those games
  • mister g
    Might be getting numbers wrong but you forget about those in China and around the world.
  • JohnnyLucky
    The numbers amaze me!
  • Eman25th
    Log into Diablo2 or Warcraft3, the welcome message says how many total users along with how many are currently online.