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1.7% of World of Warcraft Accounts Get the Hammer
A recent BattleNet blog post from community manager “Lore” has stated that “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.'” This was done to provide a fair playing environment for players who play nice. While the amount given in the blog post is vague, a screenshot leaked from a chat with a game master lends some specifics.
“Several thousands of account(s) suspended for 6 months today… And I mean several thousands (100,000+)” the chat reads. This is a very large number, even with WoW’s player base, 7.1 million. This means that about 1.7% of players have been banned for half a year. The chat then states that Blizzard is being slammed with thousands of those people submitting requests to reverse the decision.
Blizzard will most likely not go easy on these accounts, rather giving them a long time out to think about their decisions. Here’s to hoping they learn their lesson.