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Friday, February 22, 2002

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Blizzard Strikes Back at Hackers
8:32 AM | John Rousselle | Comment on this story

In what will certainly come as welcome news to online players of Diablo II and Lord of Destruction, Blizzard Entertainment announced late last night in their Status forum that they have begun deleting accounts of individuals whom they detect using hacks in the game:

In keeping with our aggressive stance against hacks and cheats, we have deleted accounts that were caught using hacks (including but not limited to duping hacks and server-crashing or game-terminating hacks).

We will continue to monitor the Realms for malicious players. Be aware that if you are caught using a hack, your accounts will be deleted. We regret having to employ these extreme measures, however, certain unscrupulous players impair the gameplay of the Diablo II community as a whole, and severe action is now both warranted and required. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

If you would like to report additional instances of hacking and duplication, please contact us at

Thank you again for your continued support.

Although hacking is far more prevalent in the PC community than on the Mac, it strongly affects all players on, including Mac gamers. Although Blizzard's talk on this issue has been tough in the past, this marks the first time that they have deleted offending accounts en masse.

What impact this will have on the game and the community remains to be seen, but we hope that this will restore some order to the Realms, which were set up to provide a haven safe from cheats. (For online players who enjoy using hacks, it remains possible to choose Open games rather than play on the Realms.)

Popular fan site DiabloII.Net has a thread in their discussion forum responding to the news at the link below.

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