Banned WoW Player Bribes Blizzard Admins With $1000
Strange listings are far from uncommon on Craigslist, but here’s one that stands apart from the crowd. A World of Warcraft player in Irvine, California, has offered $1000 to any Account Admin at Blizzard who will reactivate his recently banned account.
I got my WoW account banned yesterday during the archaeology bot ban wave. I wasn’t a gold farmer or seller, never bought gold. I just botted archaeology because it’s a boring profession. I’m looking for a WoW Account Admin [...] to unban my account for $1000 USD. No questions asked – your anonymity will be preserved.
Oh, breaching Blizzard’s End User License Agreement is fine if you’re doing it because you find an aspect of the game boring? I must have missed that clause. Leveling to 85 is boring; I’ll just get a bot to do that for me.
This is a serious offer. I live locally and can meet you in person wherever you like with cash, PayPal you money as a gift (non-refundable and non-disputable by me), leave an envelope under a tree, or pay you in any other manner you prefer. You will definitely get your money if I get my account back. You will have my full information – name, address, everything. Email me and I will give you my phone number and we can talk.
There’s no better way to prove you were banned for illegitimate reasons than to follow it up with insidiously underhanded bribery.
What’s most astounding about this story is not that he’s willing to pay for his account back, but that he’s willing to pay $1000–roughly the equivalent of seven years of WoW playtime. Either this guy is bad at math, or he has an unhealthy emotional attachment to a virtual character.