20,000 Diablo II Accounts Closed
9:46 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
In a massive response to player cheating, Blizzard Entertainment has banned over 20,000 Diablo II accounts from the Battle.net Realms. The latest widely used exploit, the "chest hack," caused substantial disruption on the Realms before it was swiftly suppressed. Many players on the Realms, which were created to offer a secure and cheat-free alternative to Open Battle.net, have long urged such strong action to discourage future cheating.
Here's the full scoop from the Battle.net news page:
Over 8,000 players have been identified as having used the "Chest Hack." In response, Blizzard has deleted their accounts. Also, not only did the account identified as having used the hack get banned, but all accounts that had been created with that key were banned as well. This resulted in a total of over 20,000 accounts being banned from play on Battle.net. We hope this results in a better playing experience for everyone.An upcoming version 1.10 patch is said to include changes to make it easier for Blizzard to guard against certain cheats on the Realms, as well as a host of tweaks to balance gameplay for all players.
In somewhat-related news, players should be aware of a scheduled outage on the USEast Realm next week:
The USEast Battle.net and Diablo II servers will be unavailable for up to 6 hours starting on Thursday, April 18th at 12:01 A.M. PST (UTC-8) or Thursday, April 18th 17:01 KST (UTC+9) due to ISP maintenance.The Battle.net news page is the place to watch for such announcements of scheduled server downtime.
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