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Innocents Caught Up in World of Warcraft Bannings?
7:58 AM | Eddie Park | 7 comments

A subject that will probably be a topic on World of Warcraft forums as long as the game iteslf lasts, Blizzard's routine bannings of WoW players for perceived offenses was recently the subject of an article by CNet. The article contains remarks by several players, banned at one point or another, that claim to have been doing nothing illegal.

One case in point is a player who made such rapid progress that he was banned for powerleveling, though he states otherwise:

"They thought I (had been) power leveling," said Zak, "because I was leveling excessively and very fast, which is what power levelers do. (But I had just been playing) late at night to catch up with a friend and just played all day."
Another interesting facet of Blizzard's anti-cheating bans is that they also target players associated with known offenders. One guild leader notes that he had to change his guild's entry policy, as a gold-buying player could eaily distribute his wealth amongst guild members and subsequently put them at risk for banning.

On the flip side of things, other players feel that Blizzard's policies are far from draconian, and suggest that most of the complainers are only pretending to be innocent. As for Blizzard's stance, spokesman Shon Damron states that "or any account that is suspected of breaking the (terms of service) and/or the (end-user license agreement), we conduct a very thorough investigation before the actual ban takes place," adding that numerous safeguards must be cleared before a ban is issued.

Cnet - 'World of Warcraft' bans raise players' ire
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