100,000 WoW players banned for using bots - report
Blizzard takes a firm stance against automated gameplay
Blizzard has issued a ban to more than 100,000 World of Warcraft accounts for the use of bots.
According to a report from PCGamesN, Blizzards principal target was players using "HonorBot," which farms Honor in WoW's PVP modes. Bashiok, a WoW community manager, offered the following definition via Twitter.
Botting is defined as automation of any action, not just character movement. If a program is pressing keys for you, you've violated the ToU.— Bashiok (@Bashiok) May 13, 2015
On the Battle.net forums, Blizzard explained its decision with the following statement:
"We've recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft accounts that were found to be using third-party programs that automate gameplay, known as 'bots.'
And the size of that action is considerable, somewhere north of 100,000 six-month bans. Blizzard has taken even more extreme action against bots in the past, winning $7 million in damages from a bot developer in a lawsuit in October 2013.