Several thousand Diablo III players were banned recently for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing, a Blizzard community manager revealed on Tuesday.
In a post on the Battle.net forums, Jonathan “Zarhym” Brown said that “botting, hacking and other exploitive behaviour could contribute to stability and performance issues with the Battle.net service”.
He added that maintaining a stable, safe and fun online-gaming experience for legitimate players was a top priority for Blizzard.
Blizzard’s move to ban players shortly after Diablo III’s launch is not without precedent. In October 2010, the company banned over 5,000 players shortly after the launch of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty.