Blizzard have laid down the law in their biggest MMO, World of Warcraft, by issuing more than 100,000 six-month bans to players found to be botting. It appears that players that used the notorious “Honorbuddy” bot to mindless farm honor in PVP have been hit hardest, resulting in a storm of begging on the game’s official forums. But Blizzard are having none of it.
But what about for addons and macros that condense UI actions down?
@Corvid31 No, certainly not. A program you run that presses your DPS rotation keys or dispels for you? Certainly yes.
— Bashiok (@Bashiok) May 13, 2015
At first glance, the number of banned accounts seems rather extreme. But according to one player’s conversation with a GM, it’s a six-month ban applied to over “100,000” accounts:
And where do all the banned account holders go? Well, to the bot forums to complain of course:
Last week, Activision released its earnings for the first quarter of the year, in which we learned that World of Warcraft had shed just over three million subscribers.