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Blizzard Further Responds to Banning Linux Users in Diablo 3

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.

  • amuffin
    frozonicmeeeh... diablo 3 sucks, its an overated gameTroll spotted!
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  • aftcomet
    amuffinTroll spotted!
    Why? It's his opinion. I'm not a fan of it either. If you like it, great. Just as you're free to like it, I'm free to dislike it. Doesn't make me or anyone else a troll.
    Reply
  • tomfreak
    Why does Blizzard/D3 get special news treatment from tom much more than other games?
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  • boiler1990
    TomfreakWhy does Blizzard/D3 get special news treatment from tom much more than other games?This is more of a PSA if anything. I appreciate these sorts of posts.

    I'm not really sure I like Blizzard as a game company based on the way their support works and how they handle users. Therefore, they don't get any of my money. Simple as that.
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  • face-plants
    Well it was a very highly anticipated game after what, 10-12 years of waiting. Regardless of whether you or I like the game, there is quite a huge amount of people playing D3. At least Tom's reports the good along with the bad. Seems mostly bad with D3 between the DRM, bugs, and now possible bias against Linux users.
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  • Pinhedd
    TomfreakWhy does Blizzard/D3 get special news treatment from tom much more than other games?
    Its not so much coverage of the game itself as it is coverage of the controversy surrounding the game.
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  • itchyisvegeta
    People can say what they want about Blizzard right now. Last Christmas, my battle.net account was hacked, and they fixed everything for me.
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  • Kraszmyl
    Considering there isnt a giant outcry from wow and sc2 players claiming to be banned because of linux, im willing to side with bliz on this one.
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  • memadmax
    Yikes! I feel a need to defend linuz guys here... oz noes!
    Anyways, using Wine on a linux build does nothing to the game.
    Blizzard should come out and congratulate these guys for getting it to work on Wine, and be playable. Unlike the early attempts at getting WoW to work on wine(without graphics corruption)

    Anyways, good work linux guys... Personally, I hate linux but meh, I have enough experience to know that getting this game to work with it was prolly a real pain in the a**...

    Have fun!
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  • aggroboy
    aftcometWhy? It's his opinion. I'm not a fan of it either. If you like it, great. Just as you're free to like it, I'm free to dislike it. Doesn't make me or anyone else a troll.Basically he didn't contribute anything to the topic of linux users and just spewed the same meaningless "this game sucks lololol". And.... people upvote and defend him
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