Blizzard’s Real Money Auction House, for the gaming sensation Diablo III, went live in the US yesterday and already reports of wide spread banning have surfaced. So far the source of the bans seems to be the system detecting signs of botting, hacking, — and possibly add ons – being used. At least according to Blizzard:
“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,” it said.
While it gave no further details, it indicated the number of players whose accounts were suspended or banned numbered in the “several thousand(s).”
There were some claims overnight that many, many legit players have been hit by the bans. How accurate this is, and what will be done about it in the event it’s happening, is unclear. Some players say they’ve been told they failed some kind of internal audit, possibly related to not having full and current info, such as addresses or their real names, on their Battlenet account. One player told me in the wee hours this morning she was able to get her account back after going through a ‘routine online verification’ procedure, but I’m not certain exactly what she meant by that.