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Diablo 3: 'Several thousand' banned for hacking/botting

Blizzard liberally swinging the banhammer at violators

Blizzard has confirmed that it's started banning players for hacking and/or 'botting' in Diablo 3.

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In official statement today, Blizzard's community manager confirmed that "several thousand" players will have found themselves slapped with the ban hammer recently.

Here's the full statement:

"We recently issued a round of account suspensions and bans to several thousand Diablo III players who were in violation of the Battle.net Terms of Use for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play that's essential to everyone's enjoyment of the game, botting, hacking, and other such exploitive behavior can contribute to stability and performance issues with the Battle.net service. As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and fun online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.

Blizzard has warned that it's tightened Battle.net security as it gears up to launch Diablo 3's real money Auction House later this week, following a series of delays.

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