As if millions of voices cried out, yada yada. The actual figure is in the thousands according to Blizzard community manager Stephanie Johnson, but that’s still frankly an awful lot.
“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.”
Continued Johnson on the Blizz forums: “As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and enjoyable online environment for legitimate players is very important to us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.”
Johnson added that Blizzard plan to add client functionality for reporting botters in a future patch.
Spirit of fair play aside, botting also mucks pretty severely with Diablo’s economy. Will a move like this might be enough to persuade players that Blizzard are keeping pace with the worst offenders?