Blizzard Bans Botters, Defeats Diablo 3 Dupers
Blizzard has issued a recent ban wave that shut down “several thousand” accounts flagged for botting, and has also implemented changes to its account restoration in the game’s Asian servers in an effort to reduce item “duping.”
Community Manager Lylirra posted on the forums:
“We’ve recently issued account bans to several thousand Diablo III players who were found to be using botting programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play, botting, hacking, and other forms of cheating can also cause technical problems with the game as well as contribute to performance issues with the Battle.net service.”
Blizzard is also working on combating an exploit that allows users to obtain a duplicate of an item — duping, a practice that can be used to create several copies of an expensive item and sell them on the Auction House. Duping is possible by fraudulently employing Blizzard’s account rollback system — hand off your gear to a friend, then claim that your account was hacked and have Blizzard issue a rollback. Voila — you have now doubled your gear.
Due to the proliferation of duping in Taiwan, Blizzard has implemented a measure in Diablo 3′s Asian servers that renders are items on your account after a rollback bound to that account and unable to be put for sale on the Auction House or otherwise traded with players.
Here’s a translation of the official message on the Taiwanese forums:
“We understand that accounts being stolen is not fun, which is why we provide account restoration. However, we recently found a number of cases of customer service being lied to about theft, in order to get extra items. Accordingly, we have decided to update the account restoration policy in Asia to help players, and at the same time protect the game economy. This change will reaffirm our view that fraud is theft, and take a stance of “zero tolerance”.
“Starting at 11:00AM Taiwan time on December 18, 2012, all Diablo III restored equipment (including in inventory and the stash), such as weapons or armor, will be bound to the account. This means that these items will not be able to be traded with other players or placed on auction, but they can still be shared with other characters in the account to use, or sold to the commodity NPCs. Note that unless through the account restoration earned gold or material goods. [sic] After the implementation of these policies, as in the past, we will constantly monitor the economic environment within the game, and make additional adjustments if necessary. (Note: once the player account restoration is completed, future drops in the game, or equipment items received through transactions, are not affected by account binding restrictions.)”
Should this measure be deemed successful, we may see it implemented in Europe and America.