There is no official note from Blizzard that running the game under Linux or FreeBSD would be considered as a case of cheating and justify banning, so a few dozen claims of unfounded bans are somewhat surprising, as we reported on yesterday.
Blizzard chimed in further and told Forbes that there have been no bans outside of cheating arena. In a statement provided to the publication, Blizzard said:
"Playing the game on Linux (although not officially supported) and/or using Wine will not result in being banned, but cheating will,” a company spokesperson told me. “We’ve extensively tested various scenarios related to this situation, including replicating system setups for those who have posted claiming they were banned unfairly, and have not found any situations where players were banned solely for using Linux or Wine." This statement is somewhat similar to a posted response by Bashiok, Blizzard's community manager in charge.
While the controversy between some players and Blizzard remains, the statement provides a solid foundation for those who may have experienced unjustified bans. An inquiry with game support should help resolve such issues.