Blizzard Bans 5,000 Starcraft 2 Players

Blizzard has been warning players that they would be banning hackers and cheaters in Starcraft 2, and now they’ve followed through on that threat.

According to a post on the official Starcraft 2 site,

We recently took action, including suspensions and bans, on over 5,000 StarCraft II players who were in violation of the Terms of Use for cheating and/or using hack programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that’s essential to play on, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service.

Now, we know that Starcraft 2 sold 3 million copies in its first month. Five thousand out of three million isn’t all that many, but if Blizzard took the time to make certain that those being banned were actually cheating, I’ll take a few thousand at a time.

It’s no surprise that there are cheaters in online games, and there will likely always be. Cheaters can destroy an online game‘s community, and if a company doesn’t deal with them effectively, they can negatively impact sales. Blizzard is trying to stay out in front of this issue, and they should be commended for that. Let’s just hope the whining doesn’t get too loud.

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10 Comments on Blizzard Bans 5,000 Starcraft 2 Players


On October 2, 2010 at 5:18 am

Ah Blizzard and their amazing ability to over-react to every little thing that happens to their beloved SC2. I remember when cheating got you a slap on the wrist and a temporary week-long ban (in the computer games a decade or so ago), now it’s permanent? Way to piss off your customers. What happens if someone is wrongfully banned, is there an appeal system? Of course there isn’t, that’d be too much work, eh Blizzard?


On October 2, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Next thing they will do real life names in SC2 like they did with WoW.

Maybe they should address real things that will sell more game copies like LAN support or custom games instead of banning people on the grounds that they “think” they are cheating without any actual proof. Frivolous at best. Hey look, I said something Blizzard will not like. Is that on the grounds of banning? This just fail. It’s like with the account hackers in WoW. Where real customers in the end have to continue to pay for a hackers in game time while Blizzard sits around and jacks off on there golden toilets.

Company known for making good games, is now mediocre at best.


On October 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Yeah blizzard has been doing some real stupid stuff for some time now, I was a vary loyal fan of there company but I can’t say that is true any longer. Wow is fail, and 2 was an even bigger fail. I pray to the blizz gods that diablo 3 is actully good but I’m not holding my breath. :(


On October 5, 2010 at 2:41 pm

hacks and mods, im assuming will change blizzard files or they will detect non-orginal files interacting with, so how are the innocent getting banned?


On October 5, 2010 at 4:43 pm

@Ashyr – Blizzard is also banning those that use *single player* trainers. Cheats they built into the game. That right there is proof of the innocent getting banned. It’s reported elsewhere, just all the “popular” media follow the fanboy route. Also as @UtopiaV1 said, there isn’t an appeal process, so you’re SOL if you’re one of the innocent.


On October 24, 2010 at 6:41 am

OH COME ON. Don’t do fishy stuff with your Starcraft 2 files. You’re falling back on lack of proof, but as Ashyr says: blizzard will detect non-original files interacting with Wowed is wrong – the hacks that are embedded in starcraft 2 are safe, and recommended by blizzard (referencing recent article). Single player trainers ARE HACKS.

To wrap this up – If you’re downloading any 3rd party software, regardless of claimed origin, you’re using hacks.

Stop whining and play the game how it’s meant to be played


On October 24, 2010 at 2:06 pm

When you accept the terms of use for the game, you accept the consequence of downloading 3rd party add ons for the game. Banned.


On November 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I am so happy they banning them. I played original until it seemed almost a 1/4 of the games people where using trainers it just got sickening when people had the mass select hack on, and map reaveler, they happend to know what you where building and had perfect counters it was the best when you watch the replay and they had no way of knowing that you had 12 overlords filled with hydras and there valkaries just happend to to fly right to them and there marines move to the exact spot as well. I think this is 1 thing blizzard has done right lately make the ass holes pay another 60 bucks at least I dont have to deal with playing rigged games and waist my time and having people claim you have hacks when you win, bring back lan!


On November 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm


As someone who has been banned for using a trainer in a single player environment (with achievements off because I like to earn this ) I can say that its pretty ed up. No warning, no indication that I was not allowed to do what I wanted on my own against the AI like I have been able to in everyother ing game for all of time. The bit that gets me is that I am not just banned from playing online, I cant even access the single player campaign now. Not even on a guest account. So now if I want to play Heart of the Swarm these tossers want me to go and pay for Wings of Liberty a 2nd time.

Anyone who was using it to get an advantage over other players in an online sense deserves their ban; but I know for a fact that I am not the only person who has had the wrath of these self-righteous blizzard employees. WoW ruined blizzard, it tainted gaming forever and it has allowed companies to release 20% of a game at a time and charge you full price over and over for DLC that should have just been released with the original.

I can’t wait to get D3 and have 1 act with 6 missions that I can finish in a single sitting.

move Blizzard, move.


On November 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Terms and Conditions, period. You agreed to it, don’t complain about something you agreed with in the first place. I can’t see any reason to want to play a game with the trainers, or cheats anyway. It takes away from the overall experience of the game and makes it too simple. If things are done the way they’re meant to be done, the gameplay and experience will last longer and be more rewarding in the long run to say you’ve beaten a game on ridiculous mode with no help from 3rd party trainers or hacking. If for some reason you want to do something like this, create a fresh install of the game and disconnect your LAN cable, deleting it before reconnecting to or the internet in general.