Blizzard Cracks Down on Cheaters
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story
Anyone who plays online games on a regular basis is well aware that there are a number of unscrupulous gamers out there who just love, for whatever reason, to cheat. Blizzard Entertainment, with their free online Battle.net service, are no strangers to cheaters either.
Those who have doubted Blizzard's firm stance toward cheaters may find a posting last Friday about duplicated items in Diablo II to be of interest:
In keeping with our aggressive stance against hacks and cheats, we are currently devoting our full attention to deleting a wide-range of duplicated items from Diablo II and Diablo Lord of Destruction characters on Battle.net. Only items that have been used illegally to duplicate new items, or the duplicated items themselves will be affected.Blizzard adds that they regret having to resort to such measures, but that they intend to keep the online world of Diablo II cheat-free in deference to the community as a whole.
In addition, the accounts of several repeat offenders - including those who use illegal hacks - have been deleted, and offenders' CD-Keys have been permanently disabled. We will continue to monitor the Battle.net Realms for malicious players.
As online games become more and more prevalent in the gaming world, we'll no doubt see other companies resorting to similar means in order to keep cheaters from disrupting the balance of play.
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