Blizzard Bans 100,000 World of Warcraft Users for Cheating

GamerBlizzard’s World of Warcraft developers regularly ban players for cheating. This week, the popular MMORPG implemented its biggest disciplinary move yet. In one quick move, WoW developers banned 100,000 players.

“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,'” Blizzard announced on their forums. “We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use. Cheating of any form will not be tolerated.”

Players were banned from the game for six months due to their usage of the program called Honorbuddy. Honorbuddy is a bot program that automatically performs numerous tasks in the game for the players. The bot performs simple tasks in place of the player, such as performing archaeology digs and searching for crafting materials. In addition, the bot also autopilots players through battlegrounds and dungeons. Honorbuddy allows the characters to earn rewards despite their players not controlling these characters.

The game is full of time-consuming tasks. For example, players need numerous ore to level up their blacksmithing skills and some Honor to buy new player-versus-player gear. The player Garrisons introduced also give players more tasks to accomplish.

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Frustrated players then resort to program that allow them to make progress effortlessly. With Honorbuddy, players devote more time to other in-game activities. According to the program’s website, over 200,000 users are currently registered. With the recent ban, Blizzard suggest their capability of finding players using Honorbuddy.

“It seems like Honorbuddy was detected, we are not sure, but looking at the BAN THREADS, we think that its the most likely option [at the moment],” an Honorbuddy developer said on that service’s forums. “We are sorry for all your lost WOW Accounts, hopefully you can use them again after the 6 months ban is lifted. I have read here in the forums a bit, a lot of the accounts where 10 years old. This is a pity. We always say, do not use your valuable accounts as the risk is always there.”

The Honorbuddy developers temporarily closed their services. But the program is not willing to admit defeat yet: “We want to be offering Honorbuddy as soon as possible. Right now, we have no news for you. Please do bear with us – immediately we have news we will share it.”