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Blizzard bans 300k Diablo & Warcraft players

Hordes of players kicked off Battle.net

Blizzard has banned over 300,000 players from Diablo and World Of Warcraft in the last few months.

According to a new post on Battle.net, the developer took the decision as the players 'violated the Terms Of Use'. Whatever that may mean.

And whinging won't help: All account bans are permanent.

That's a heck of a lot of bans. The firm has laid most of the blame at the door of 'abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs'. Or cheating, to the layman.

The official Blizzard statement reads:

'We've recently banned over 320,000 Warcraft III and Diablo II accounts that were found to be violating the Battle.net Terms of Use. If this is a first offense, the CD key associated with the banned account will be suspended for 30 days, while repeat offenders will see their keys banned permanently. All account ban decisions are final.

'We would like all players to remember that abuse of unintended mechanics and/or use of third party programs is a violation of the agreement made when signing on to Battle.net, and can subject your account to disciplinary action up to and including a permanent ban of its access to the service.

'These types of activities can severely impact the stability of our servers, and we'll continue to aggressively monitor Battle.net in order to protect the service and its players from the harmful effects of cheating.

'Many account closures come as the direct result of tips emailed to our hacks team by legitimate Battle.net users.'

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