Blizzard has banned thousands of World of Warcraft accounts for ‘cheating’ in the game.
The company shut down accounts that were using ‘bots’; that's a term used for third-party programs that automate gameplay.
This means that a bot can perform menial tasks like collecting herbs or mining ore ad infinitum, giving users an unfair advantage.
“We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as ‘bots’,” reads a forum post by Lore, a Blizzard Community Manager.
Lore added: “Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”
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One user posted a conversation with a Blizzard Game Master, revealing the scale of the bans.
“There were several thousands of accounts suspended for 6 months today,” wrote the GM.
“And I mean several thousands, 100,000 plus, so you can guess how many of those are making tickets trying to revert the [suspensions].”
Users won’t be charged the usual subscription costs during the ban period, so Blizzard will lose somewhere in the region of £1 million in payments each month thanks to the bans.
Blizzard also called users to action to help catch dodgy characters in-game, writing on a post: “If you believe that you’ve encountered a player abusing a bot, exploit, or cheat, please let us know!”